What is Project Lead the Way: Launch? INTRODUCE YOUNG MINDS TO THE WONDERS OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, AND MATH (STEM) Engaging students at a young age builds confidence, grows interest, and puts them on course for strong accomplishments in middle school, high school, and beyond. At Fairview South, through PLTW Launch, our program for kindergarten through fifth grade, students become problem solvers. Students use structured approaches, like the engineering design process, and employ critical thinking. They apply STEM knowledge, skills, and habits of mind, learning that it is OK to take risks and make mistakes. As teachers and students learn and discover together, education becomes far more engaging.