LAUNCH Gateway Engineering Biomedical Science Computer Science Project Lead The Way is the nation's leading provider of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs. Through world-class K-12 curriculum, high- quality teacher professional development, and outstanding partnerships, PLTW is helping students develop the skills needed to succeed in the global economy.
PLTW Launch curriculum includes 24 modules aligned to grade-level standards. The 10-hour modules are presented in pairs that combine to create a thematic unit. Teachers and schools have the flexibility to introduce the modules that they want, when they want, at the grade level they want. Aligns to Common Core State Standards for Math and English Language Arts, Next Generation Science Standards, and other national and state standards INTRODUCE YOUNG MINDS TO THE WONDERS OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, AND MATH (STEM)
Structure & Function (K) Structure & Function: Pushes and Pulls (K) Light and Sound (1st) Light: Observing Earth, Sun, Moon, and Stars (1st) Materials Science: Properties of Matter (2nd) Materials Science: Form and Function (2nd) Stability and Motion: Science of Flight (3rd) Stability and Motion: Forces and Interactions (3rd) Energy: Collisions (4th) Energy: Conversion (4th) Robotics and Automation (5th) Robotics and Automation: Challenge (5th)
Foundation Units Design & Modeling Automation & Robotics Specialization Units Energy & the Environment Flight & Space Science of Technology Magic of Electrons Green Architecture Medical Detectives Introduction to Computer Science*
Program Requirements PLTW Gateway implementation requires schools to offer at least two units within two years, which must include Design & Modeling and Automation & Robotics. Additional PLTW Gateway specialization units may be offered. PLTW Gateway courses shall be taught in conjunction with a rigorous academic curriculum. All PLTW Gateway courses are designed as 45 class periods that are approximately 45 minutes long. Schools may offer courses from grade six through grade eight in a manner determined reasonable and appropriate for the school. Local schools will determine the PLTW sequence of units, which they will implement to fulfill their agreements.
Foundation Courses Introduction to Engineering Design Principles of Engineering Specialization Courses Aerospace Engineering Biological Engineering Civil Engineering and Architecture Computer Integrated Manufacturing Computer Science and Software Engineering Digital Electronics Capstone Course Engineering Design and Development
Program Requirements Schools must offer a minimum of three PLTW courses over a three-year period. These three courses must include IED and POE and a minimum of one specialization and/or capstone course of the school’s choice. All PLTW courses require concurrent enrollment in college preparatory mathematics. Concurrent enrollment in college preparatory science is strongly recommended.
Program Requirements All PLTW Engineering courses are designed as year-long courses on a standard minute schedule. For schools with double period/block scheduling, these courses can be completed in a semester. Local schools will determine the PLTW sequence of courses they will implement. It is recommended that schools offer the required courses in the order previously listed (IED, POE, the specialization). They can be offered concurrently. It is recommended that students take at least two required courses prior to taking the capstone course, EDD.
Introductory Course Introduction to Computer Science* Foundation Course Computer Science and Software Engineering Computer Science Applications Specialization Courses Simulation and Modelling Artificial Intelligence Cybersecurity Capstone Course Computational Problem Solving The PLTW Computer Science program of study engages high school students in computational thinking and prepares a computationally aware and capable workforce. This program comprises introductory, foundation, and specialty courses.
Principles of Biomedical Science Human Body Systems Medical Interventions Biomedical Innovation
Program Requirements Schools must offer a minimum of three PLTW courses within a period of three academic years. All PLTW courses require concurrent enrollment in college preparatory mathematics and science courses. All PLTW courses are designed as year-long courses on a standard minute schedule. For schools with double period/block scheduling, these courses can be completed in a semester. Schools must offer the PLTW courses in sequence. The program is flexible; students can begin the program in 9 th, 10 th, or 11 th grade. Students can take one course each year or they can double up and take two consecutive courses simultaneously.
All PLTW courses and units are aligned to Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and English Language Arts, and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Alignments are available at alignment.pltw.org Alignments with Michigan Merit Curriculum, Science Standards, and Technology Standards are available at pltwmichigan.org/crosswalks Support resources, including answers to general questions and a video tutorial, are also available at alignment.pltw.org
PLTW students achieve significantly higher scores in reading, mathematics, and science and, in some cases, have the opportunity to receive college credit. Dr. Robert Tai (University of Virginia) examined 30 studies and evaluations of PLTW: “strong, positive impact of PLTW on mathematics and science achievement” “the program also has a positive influence on students’ career interest and likelihood to continue their education” “A clear strength of the PLTW program is the intensive teacher professional development program”
95% intend to pursue a post-secondary degree Vs. 67% nationally (National Center for Education Statistics) 70% say they will study a STEM-related post-secondary degree program Vs. 32% nationally (Center on Education and Work) The percentage of female students in PLTW engineering programs continues to be about 19% and is on the rise. Some schools report female enrollment as high as 50% Vs. 18% nationally (American Society for Engineering Education)
PLTW Closes The Achievement Gap A recent report on a control group study that evaluated the impact of PLTW on largely Latino-populated middle schools in Wisconsin finds that: All of the PLTW students in this study begin middle school (6th grade) at lower proficiency in math, reading and science and with lower attendance rates than the control group of non-PLTW students. The study shows that by 8th grade, those gaps had been eliminated. (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Report – December 2009)
PLTW High School Graduates Are College and Career Ready Analysis of college transcripts of PLTW students who graduated in 2007 or 2008 showed 31% of PLTW students study engineering and engineering technology in their first year of college compared with 8% of all first-time freshmen in baccalaureate institutions or 5% of all postsecondary students. PLTW students are four times more likely to study engineering or engineering technology in college compared to first- time freshmen at four-year institutions. (True Outcomes – 2009) PLTW College Freshmen Stick with Innovation In , first-year retention (freshmen to sophomore) was 76% (76% stayed with their declared major). 100% of Milwaukee Schools of Engineering’s PLTW students remained in their declared major. (Milwaukee School of Engineering 2008 Report)
STEP ONE:Select a District AdministratorSelect a School AdministratorRegister your District and Schools
STEP TWO:Select PLTW TeachersReview Training DatesEnroll in Professional Development
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENTReadiness TrainingCore TrainingOngoing TrainingProfessional Learning Communities
STEP THREEPURCHASE EQUIPMENT AND SOFTWAREReview Purchase Manual and InventorySubmit Software RequestConsult with a PLTW Representative
DEVELOPING RESPONSIBLE CITIZEN LEADERS AND PROFESSIONALS FOR CAREERS AND LIFE-LONG LEARING IN A RAPIDLY CHANGING GLOBAL ECONOMY University SERVING COMMUNITES THROUGH WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT, GENERAL EDUCATION, AND PERSONAL ENRICHMENT Community College ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION FOR ACCESSING VOCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES Trade School ADVANCE STUDENTS' ABILITY TO INNOVATE, THINK CRITICALLY, AND COLLABORATE TO SOLVE PROBLEMS High School ENGAGE STUDENTS' NATURAL CURIOSITY AND IMAGINATION Middle School INTRODUCE YOUNG MINDS TO THE WONDERS OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, AND MATH (STEM) Elementary
PLTW LAUNCH PLTW GATEWAY DESIGN AND MODELING AUTOMATION AND ROBOTICS GREEN ARCHITECTURE MEDICAL DETECTIVES ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT PLTW ENGINEERING INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING DESIGN PRINCIPLES OF ENGINEERING ENGINEERING DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT HOME BUILDER’S PROGRAM APPRENTICESHIP/TRADE SCHOOL BUILDING TRADES WELDING MANUFACTURING ASSEMBLY COMMUNITY COLLEGE ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY PROGRAMMING CONSTRUCTION TRADES WELDING TECHNOLOGY UNIVERSITY MECHANICAL ENGINEERING COMPUTER ENGINEERING PROJECT MANAGEMENT BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING PROJECT MANAGEMENT
SKYLINE DESIGN, TECHNOLOGY, AND ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING MAGNET CTE – HOMEBUILDING PROGRAM WASHTENAW COMMUNITY COLLEGE CONSTRUCTION TRADES CAREER
PLTW ENGINEERING IED, POE, CIM, EDD COMMUNITY COLLEGE A.A.S. – ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY UNIVERSITY INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING CAREER
Contact Information Frank Norton Associate Director Project Lead The Way – Michigan 108 Porter Building Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti, MI Office: Questions? John Dugger, Ph.D. Affiliate Director Project Lead The Way – Michigan 206 Roosevelt Hall Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti, MI Office: