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1 Forging new generations of engineers

2 What is Project Lead The Way? PLTW is a not-for-profit organization. PLTW partners with public schools, higher education institutions and the private sector to grow the nations technology workforce.

3 Curricula - Rigorous and Relevant high school engineering courses that use project-based learning. Its free to participants PLTW Accomplishes This With: Professional Development – High-quality, continuing, and course-specific teacher training.

4 Why Do We Need PLTW? Our Workforce Has Changed.

5 Are we training the engineers and technicians we need? There are currently 1.3 M engineering/engineering technology jobs available in the U.S. without trained people to fill them. According to the Federal Government we will need 15 million engineers and technology workers by 2020.

6 SOURCE: American Association of Engineering Societies (2002) What Does the Pipeline of Engineers Look Like?

7 Science and Technology in Society Research Complex Analysis Complex Design Development ManufacturingTest and Evaluation Routine Design Production Operation, Service, And Maintenance Distribution and Sales Our colleges and universities are well aligned with this… But how is this connected to our high schools?

8 Science and Technology in Many High Schools: Chemistry, Physics, & Biology Wood shop, Auto shop, Machine shop & Drafting

9 Make a small change in the culture of American high schools by: Strengthening the core academic curricula, (e.g. English, math, science, social studies, etc.) Adding a rigorous, technical, standards-based program of study in engineering and technology, leading to jobs, trade schools, 2-year, 4-year and post graduate degrees. What Can We Do?

10 Gateway To Technology Design and Modeling The Magic of Electrons The Science of Technology Automation and Robotics **Environmental Engineering **Energy and the Environment **Aerospace Technology (NASA funded) **in development Middle School Curriculum: Seven, Nine-week Modules:

11 Foundation: Specialization : Capstone : Computer Integrated Manufacturing Civil Engineering and Architecture Biotechnical Engineering (New this Year) Aerospace Technology (New this Year) Principles Of Engineering Introduction to Engineering Design Digital Electronics Engineering Design and Development High School Course Program Note: Course program requires college prep mathematics each year.

12 Foundation Course: Principles Of Engineering Engineering as a Career Materials Science Structural Design Applied Physics Automation/Robotics Embedded Processors Drafting/Design A Hands-on, project-based course that teaches:

13 Foundation Course: Introduction To Engineering Design

14 If you want someone to learn… Teach what theyre interested in.

15 Foundation Course: Introduction To Engineering Design

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17 Foundation Course: Digital Electronics Theory-> Design-> Simulate-> Fabricate-> Test

18 Specialization Course: Computer Integrated Manufacturing

19 Specialization Course: Civil Engineering and Architecture Cuban Restaurant Project Soils Permits Design Structural analysis

20 Specialization Course: Civil Engineering and Architecture Interior design 3D walkthrough Architectural drawings

21 Redesign Their Neighborhood Park

22 Civil Engineering & Architecture Redesign Their Own Classroom

23 Capstone Course: Engineering Design and Development Problem Solving in Teams Juried Presentations

24 Participant Growth School Schools Schools

25 Student Performance in Reading, Mathematics and Science How Well is PLTW Working?

26 What Students do Well in PLTW? The student who is: Creative- Likes to design things. In the upper 80% of their class A hands-on learner. An underachiever who might get hooked by an interesting, project-based class. Interested in computers, science, or technology. Good in math and science.

27 Principles Of Engineering Introduction to Engineering Design Digital Electronics Computer Integrated Manufacturing What Else Makes PLTW Unique? Transcripted college credit is available to students enrolled in the following courses: This makes a transcript with PLTW courses on it attractive to Universities.

28 Whats New in California? Increased Collaboration & Support QUALCOMM - awarded $1.4M to SDSU/PLTW for school support and increased enrollment (>2x) Small Manufacturers Institute – selected PLTW as its educational initiative. San Diego Regional EDC - Scholarships, in-class programs, fund raising, recruiting and lobbying SME – Developed and supports summer camps SD Building & Construction Trades – Funded and built Kearny Highs Construction Tech Acad. UC Recognition – A-G approval for courses

29 Whats New in California? Increased Collaboration & Support CA Community College Chancellors Office – Two, $450k grants to create better K-16 linkage. SDCC and El Camino are offering PLTW classes. AeroSpace Industries in the Antelope Valley – Offer internships, mentors & grants to schools. NASA - Paid to develop the Aerospace curriculum. SME – Developed and supports summer camps Philanthropic Organizations – Irvine Foundation, Gates Foundation support for many of the small schools with PLTW.

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