Project Lead The Way - A K-12 STEM Program of Study


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Project Lead The Way (PLTW) offers an engaging K-12 STEM curriculum. This session will discuss PLTW programming at all levels and how it incorporates activity, project and problem-based learning to help students think critically, problem solve and collaborate.

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Project Lead The Way - A K-12 STEM Program of Study

  1. 1. #NAFNext2014
  2. 2. Project Lead The Way A K-12 STEM Program Of Study Dr. Glade Montgomery Vice President, East Region Project Lead The Way National Academy Foundation
  3. 3. Project Lead The Way is the nation’s leading provider of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curriculum for middle and high school students.
  4. 4. Our mission is to prepare students for the global economy.
  5. 5. Why PLTW? Why now? By 2018… – STEM jobs will grow by 17 percent (US Dept. of Commerce) – 1.2 million STEM jobs will go unfilled 5
  6. 6. 6 Preparing Students For the Global Economy
  7. 7. World-Class Curriculum Our curriculum is designed and consistently reviewed and improved by: • PLTW teachers • University educators • Industry experts • School administrators 7
  8. 8. World-Class Curriculum • All PLTW curriculum is activities-, project-, problem-based. • PLTW curriculum aligns with Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. 8
  9. 9. Project Lead The Way Curriculum framework • Activities—Build skills and knowledge • Projects—Practice skills and apply knowledge
  10. 10. Project Lead The Way Curriculum framework • Problems—Open-ended, real world, teamwork
  11. 11. 11 High-quality professional development prepares teachers to get students engaged in STEM.
  12. 12. 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. 12
  13. 13. An Engaged Network 13
  14. 14. ENGINEERING PROGRAM Project Lead The Way 14
  15. 15. Engineering Applying science engineering,, math, and technology to solve complex, authentic problems in a real-world context
  16. 16. Engineering Course Structure Foundation • Introduction to Engineering Design • Principles of Engineering Specialization • Aerospace Engineering • Biotechnical Engineering • Civil Engineering & Architecture • Computer Integrated Manufacturing • Computer Science and Software Engineering • Digital Electronics Capstone Engineering Design & Development
  17. 17. Engineering Course Sequencing Intro to Engineering Design Principles of Engineering Aerospace Engineering Biotechnical Engineering Civil Engineering & Architecture Computer Integrated Manufacturing Digital Electronics ----------------- Computer Science & Software Engineering Engineering Design & Development
  18. 18. Project Lead The Way ENGINEERING Principles of Engineering (POE) • Exploration of technology systems and engineering processes • Survey of engineering careers • Design problems Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) • Design process • Research & analysis • Teamwork • Communication methods • Technical documentation
  19. 19. Project Lead The Way ENGINEERING Biotechnical Engineering (BE) • Forensics • Biomechanics • Biofuels • Biomedical devices Aerospace Engineering (AE) • Evolution of Flight • Physics of Flight • Aerospace Design • Space Travel • Orbital Mechanics • Remote Systems
  20. 20. Project Lead The Way ENGINEERING Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA) • Residential and commercial design • Site planning • Structural calculations Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) • Manufacturing process • Automation • Computer numeric control
  21. 21. Project Lead The Way ENGINEERING Digital Electronics • Electronic device control • Digital system design • Troubleshooting skills Computer Science and Software Engineering • Develop programming expertise • Explore workings of the internet • App development • Cybersecurity Engineering Design and Development (EDD) • Engineering capstone course • Apply knowledge and experience from previous courses
  22. 22. BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES PROGRAM Project Lead The Way 22
  23. 23. Biomedical Sciences Course Sequence 23 Principles of Biomedical Sciences (PBS) Human Body Systems (HBS) Medical Interventions (MI) CAPSTONE: Biomedical Innovation (BI)
  24. 24. Units 1. The Mystery 2. Diabetes 3. Sickle Cell Disease 4. Heart Disease 5. Infectious Disease 6. Post Mortem Principles of Biomedical Sciences (PBS) 24PBS HBS MI BI
  25. 25. Human Body Systems (HBS) 25PBS HBS MI BI Units 1. Identity 2. Communication 3. Power 4. Movement 5. Protection 6. Homeostasis
  26. 26. Medical Interventions (MI) 26PBS HBS MI BI Units 1. How to Fight Infection 2. How to Screen What is in Your Genes 3. How to Prevail When Organs Fail 4. Medical interventions of the future
  27. 27. Biomedical Innovation (BI) Capstone Sample problems include Designing an effective ER - 24 days Design of a medical innovation - 16 days Combat a public health issue -18 days Forensic Autopsy -12 days Independent project - 23+ days 27PBS HBS MI BI
  28. 28. COMPUTER SCIENCE PROGRAM Project Lead The Way 28
  29. 29. •Introductory Course • Introduction to Computer Science (ICS, 0.5 year)* •Foundation Courses • Computer Science and Software Engineering (CSE, 1 year) • Computer Science Applications (CSA, 1 year)* •Specialization Courses • Simulation and Modeling (SAM, 0.5 year)* • Artificial Intelligence (AI, 0.5 year)* • Cybersecurity (SEC, 0.5 year)* •Capstone Course • Computational Problem Solving (CPS, 1 year)* *In Development Computer Science Program Sequence
  30. 30. Project Lead The Way Computer Science Introduction to Computer Science • Interactive story creating in Scratch • Teamwork to create simple apps for mobile devices • Data analysis • Computing across careers Computer Science and Software Engineering • College Board’s 2013 CS Principles framework • Python language used to incorporate multiple platforms • Career paths that utilize computing
  31. 31. Project Lead The Way Computer Science Computer Science Applications • Use of Java and other industry-standard tools • Program production that integrate mobile devices • Prepares students for the College Board’s AP CS-A test Simulation & Modeling • Simulation of social, physical, & biological systems • Statistical application and data analysis to understand systems and predict behavior • Collaboration, professional writing, & scientific method
  32. 32. Project Lead The Way Computer Science Artificial Intelligence • Development of artificially intelligent systems including automated vehicles and computer vision Cybersecurity • Sharing of computer resources while protecting privacy • Closing vulnerabilities • Ethical computing behavior
  33. 33. Project Lead The Way Computer Science Computational Problem Solving Capstone Course • Students work in teams to deliver a software solution to real-world problems • Problems can come from community or industry clients
  34. 34. GATEWAY PROGRAM Project Lead The Way 34
  35. 35. Gateway 9 week units designed for grades 6-8 Specialized Units Design & Modeling Automation & Robotics Medical Detectives Flight & Space Science of Technology Energy and the Environment Green Architecture Magic of Electrons Foundation Units
  36. 36. • 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 36 Gateway foundation units
  37. 37. • Energy and the Environment – Design and model alternative energy sources and evaluate options for reducing energy consumption through energy efficiency and sustainability • Flight and Space – Explore the science behind aeronautics; design, build, and test an airfoil • Green Architecture – Study dimensioning, measuring, and architectural sustainability; design affordable housing units using Autodesk’s® 3D architectural design software • Magic of Electrons – Delve into electricity, the behavior and parts of atoms, and sensing devices; learn knowledge and skills in basic circuitry design and examine the impact of electricity • Medical Detective – Analyze genetic testing results to diagnose disease and study DNA evidence found at a “crime scene”; learn how to measure and interpret vital signs and diagnose diseases • Science of Technology – Apply concepts of physics, chemistry, and nanotechnology to activities and projects including making ice cream, cleaning up an oil spill, and designing, building, and testing a new product 37 Gateway specialization units
  38. 38. Gateway grows student interest in PLTW’s advanced programs and STEM careers Gateway To Technology Unit Pathway To Engineering and Biomedical Sciences PLTW Courses Automation and Robotics Principles of Engineering Computer Integrated Manufacturing Computer Science/Software Engineering Design and Modeling Introduction to Engineering Design Energy and the Environment Biotechnical Engineering Principles of Engineering Flight and Space Aerospace Engineering Green Architecture Civil Engineering and Architecture Medical Detectives Principles of the Biomedical Sciences Human Body Systems Medical Interventions Biomedical Innovation Magic of Electrons Digital Electronics Science of Technology Biotechnical Engineering Introduction to Engineering Design Principles of Engineering
  39. 39. PLTW LAUNCH Project Lead The Way 39
  40. 40. 65 percent of scientists and graduate students in a 2010 study stated that their interest in science began before middle school 40
  41. 41. PLTW Elementary Pilot Modules 41 Working title Aligned to grade standards • Structure and Function Kindergarten • Pushes and Pulls Kindergarten • Waves: Light and Sound 1st grade • Observing the Earth, Sun, Moon, and Stars 1st grade • Matter and Materials Science 2nd grade • Engineering Design: Dispersing Seeds 2nd grade • Motion and Stability: Science of Flight 3rd grade • Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions 3rd grade • Energy: Collisions 4th grade • Energy: Conversion 4th grade • Robotics: The Power of Automation 5th grade • Robotics: Challenge 5th grade
  42. 42. 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. 42
  43. 43. So, does it work? 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. 43
  44. 44. So, does it work? “We need to cultivate, nurture that (STEM) interest early, and that’s what Project Lead The Way does…It does it with the nuts and bolts of teaching.” -William Bennett, U.S. Secretary of Education, 1985-1988 44 “If I had to say what got our name out there as a school, it would be Project lead the way. I don’t understand why schools would not use Project Lead The Way. The curriculum is there. The training is there. It’s extensive It’s detailed. The success we’ve had here at Toppenish is in large part due to our relationship with Project Lead The Way. -Trevor Greene, former Principal, Toppenish High School, Washington “We’ve been very impressed by both the quality of the materials and the training they’re able to provide to educators.” —Tim Fliss, Vice President of Human Resources, Bemis Company
  45. 45. PLTW Students More Prepared for Higher Education Dr. James Van Overschelde, Texas State University Spring 2013 American Journal of Engineering Education • Dr. Van Overschelde collected and analyzed six years of longitudinally-linked student data to compare thousands of PLTW students to their non-PLTW peers. • PLTW enrollment in Texas has increased by over 400% over the last five years: Hispanic by over 500%; females nearly 600%; and low- income students by 650%. • PLTW students are more prepared for and attended Texas higher education institutions at a higher rate. • PLTW students scored higher on the state’s mathematics assessment • For those students who did not enroll in college, the median wage for PLTW students was 13.6%. 45
  46. 46. 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. 46
  47. 47. Project Lead The Way PLTW’s Distinguishing Characteristics • World-class curriculum • High-quality teacher training • Activity, Project, Problem-based (APPB) learning • Student end-of-course assessments • College credit and scholarship opportunities • Technical and curriculum support • Expansive partner network
  48. 48. America’s STEM Solution 48 In 2014-’15: Over 8,100 programs More than 6,900 schools more than 11,000teachers trained 100’sof partners
  49. 49. Let’s continue the conversation Dr. Glade Montgomery, Vice President East Region For more information visit or contact school support at 49