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Project Lead The Way

Project Lead The Way integrates Autodesk software into its curricular programs, inspiring and developing the next generation of problem solvers, critical thinkers, and innovators.

Project Lead The Way engineering program participants

About Project Lead The Way
Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a nonprofit organization and the nation's leading provider of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs. PLTW’s world-class, activity-, project-, and problem-based curriculum and high-quality teacher professional development model, combined with an engaged network of educators and corporate partners, help students develop the skills needed to succeed in our global economy. PLTW students apply what they know, identify problems, find unique solutions, and lead their own learning.

Free Autodesk software for PLTW schools

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) schools can register for free* Autodesk software, including: the Autodesk Education Master Suite and the Autodesk Entertainment Suite. To apply for Autodesk software as a PLTW school:

  • Please send an email to
  • Use the subject line: Autodesk Software for PLTW School – (Your School Name)

You’ll receive a link from the PLTW Product Support team to the Academic Resource Center (ARC) Portal, which provides direct access to all required Autodesk products for PLTW programs.

Free related student software

PLTW Schools should send an email to for access to the ARC Portal, which provides direct access to all required Autodesk products for PLTW programs.

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Project Lead The Way engineering program participants

Project Lead The Way programs unleash students’ creativity
Tomorrow’s engineers—now studying in middle and high school Project Lead The Way (PLTW) classrooms—have the opportunity to learn the engineering design process as they leverage professional-grade software. 

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Getting started with Project Lead The Way

PLTW delivers curricular programs to more than 6,500 elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. PLTW schools can be found in rural, urban, and suburban districts; across all income levels; as well as in public, private, and charter schools. To learn more about PLTW’s K-12 curricular programs and teacher professional development, visit

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*Free software available through Academic Resource Center (ARC) portal is limited to Autodesk approved education institutions in certain markets and subject to the applicable Terms of Use, software license agreement and eligibility requirements.  Any software provided through ARC may only be used for purposes directly related to learning, teaching, training, research and development that are part of the instructional functions performed by a qualified educational institution and may not be used for commercial, professional or any other for-profit purposes.  Autodesk software license agreements