PLTW Overview

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Our mission is to

prepare

students for the

global economy.

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Essential Question:

How do we prepare students to have the

right skills

and the

right interests

to fill those 1.2 million

STEM

jobs* needed to help

close the U.S. skills gap

?

* By 2018

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What is

S T E M ?

A word/acronym whose meaning is greater than the sum of its components – Science, Technology,

Engineering and Math.

A problem, project/activity-based teaching and learning methodology that makes connections across disciplines and grade levels.

A proven way inspire innovative thinking and problem solving.

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Why the

“E”

in STEM?

Students Connect with the Engineering Design Process

PLTW

Launch (K-5)

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PLTW Gateway (M.S.)

Biomed & Engineering (H.S.)

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PLTW EDD

(Engineering

Capstone Course)

How do we close the STEM gap?

…through rigorous, relevant learning.

Dedicated, passionate teachers

Real-world problem solving

Hands-on learning

Openended problems

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K-5

PLTW IS A K-12 Solution

Five STEM programs of study for K-12 students.

Middle School High School

Careers

Launch Gateway

Biomedical

Science

Computer

Science

Engineering

Postsecondary

Education

Certificate, 2 Yr., 4 Yr., and Graduate

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Proven PLTW model

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World-Class Curriculum

All PLTW curriculum is activities-, project-, problem-based.

PLTW curriculum aligns with Common Core and Next Generation

Science Standards.

Continuously reviewed and improved.

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PLTW LAUNCH

(K-5)

AMAZING DISCOVERIES START HERE

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percent of scientists and graduate students in a 2010 study stated that

their interest in science began before middle school

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Launch

curriculum

Allows for flexibility and customization

Designed for Kindergarten to 5 th grade

Four modules per grade. Each module is ~10 hours

Integrates formative and summative assessments

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Section Title

3.1

3.2

4.1

4.2

5.1

5.2

K.1

K.2

1.1

1.2

2.1

2.2

2013-14 PLTW Launch modules

Structure and Function

Structure and Function: Pushes and Pulls

Light and Sound

Light: Observing Earth, Sun, Moon, and Stars

Materials Science: Properties of Matter

Materials Science: Form and function

Motion and Stability: Science of Flight

Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions

Energy: Collisions

Energy: Conversion

Robotics and Automation

Robotics and Automation: Challenge

Standards alignment

Kindergarten

Kindergarten

1 st grade

1 st grade

2 nd grade

2 nd grade

3 rd grade

3 rd grade

4 th grade

4 th grade

5 th grade

5 th grade

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Animal rescue design problem

Aligned to 3 rd grade standards (Forces & Interactions)

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GATEWAY

(MIDDLE SCHOOL)

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Project-based learning gives students:

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Hands-on, rigorous, relevant, real-world experiences

The chance to use scientific sensors, Vex &

ROBOTC, industry software (Revit, Inventor)

Opportunities to be creative and solve problems

The realization that there isn’t just one right answer

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Gateway units

9 week units designed for grades 6-8

Foundation Units Specialized Units

Design & Modeling

Automation & Robotics

Medical Detectives

Flight & Space

Science of Technology

Energy and the

Environment

Green Architecture

Magic of Electrons

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Gateway foundation units

Design & Modeling

Apply design process to solve problems

Work in teams to design a hobby organizer, furniture, new playground

Use Autodesk® design software to create virtual image of designs and produce a portfolio of solutions

Automation & Robotics

Learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems

Use the VEX Robotics® platform to design, build, and program real-world objects

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Flexibility

Implement Gateway in the best way to fit your school

Gateway units as 9 week, trimester, or semester courses?

Full school implementation or elective?

Everyday? Every other day? Block schedule?

Multiple grade-level implementations?

Implemented through Science, Tech Ed., or Computer

Applications classes.

Every course offered every year? One or more courses offered in each grade level?

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BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES

PROGRAM

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Experience a BMS classroom

Where students learn content in context through:

Case-based scenarios

Hands-on learning

Activities, projects, and problems

Real world application

Open-ended problems

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Teacher serves as facilitator, student is director of learning…

… and the classroom becomes a collaboration space

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Biomedical Sciences Course Sequence

Principles of the

Biomedical

Sciences

(PBS)

Human Body

Systems

(HBS)

Medical

Interventions

(MI)

CAPSTONE:

Biomedical

Innovation

(BI)

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ENGINEERING

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Pathway To Engineering (PTE)

Applying engineering, science, math, and technology

to solve complex, authentic problems

in a real-world context

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PTE Course Sequencing

Intro to

Engineering

Design

Principles of

Engineering

Aerospace

Engineering

Biological

Engineering

Fall 2014

Civil Engineering &

Architecture

Computer

Integrated

Manufacturing

Digital Electronics

Engineering Design &

Development

(Capstone Course)

Computer Science

Fall 2014

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PTE: Foundation Courses

Introduction to Engineering Design (IED)

Introduces the design process and how engineers use it to solve problems

Principles of Engineering (POE)

Covers basic concepts in engineering and exposes students to a wide variety of engineering fields

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EDD students develop automated window to save energy

Students receive the Innovative Engineering Award from the National Society of Professional Engineers &

Professional Engineers in Industry

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High-quality professional development

prepares teachers

to get

students engaged in STEM

.

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High-quality professional development for teachers

Three phases:

Readiness training

Core training

Ongoing training

Conducted in partnership with more than 51 colleges and universities across the country.

More than 3,500 teachers trained in summer

2013.

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An engaged network of partners

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So, does it work?

YES!

PLTW students achieve

significantly higher scores

in reading, mathematics, and science , and in some cases, have the opportunity to

receive college credit.

PLTW alumni study engineering and technology

in greater numbers than the national average

, with a

higher retention rate

in college engineering, science, and related programs than non-PLTW students.

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We continue to improve. Every day.

PLTW follows a

continuous improvement model.

Teachers can

expect

to see

improvements

in course material

each year.

New,

future-reaching

programs and delivery models are constantly in development.

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Be a part of the solution.

Bring

PLTW to your school or community.

Mentor

PLTW students.

Join

a school partnership team.

Financially

support

PLTW program implementation.

Voice

your endorsement of PLTW.

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Let’s continue the conversation.

For more information visit

pltw.org

or contact school support at

[email protected]

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