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Oklahoma State University

Project Lead The Way

OSU & PLTW at a glance:

Since affiliating with Project Lead the Way in 2005, Oklahoma State University– College of Engineering, Architecture, and Technology (CEAT) has continually grown its summer training program by expanding the course offerings, incorporating out-of-state teachers, and developing relationships with Oklahoma Career Technology, OSU faculty and staff, and PLTW Leaders to make sure higher education is involved in PLTW.

  • 2009 – 2 Classes; 15 Teachers; 3 Master Teachers; 1 Affiliate Professor
  • 2010 – 4 Classes; 30 Teachers; 5 Master Teachers; 2 Affiliate Professors
  • 2011 – 6 Classes; 51 Teachers; 7 Master Teachers; 2 Affiliate Professors
  • 2011 – Fall Counselor Conference – 184 Participants (1st year CEAT PD Hosting)
  • 2012 – 7 Classes; 94 Teachers; 10 Master Teachers; 2 Affiliate Professors
  • 2012– Fall Counselor Conference – 194 Participants
  • 2013– 10 Classes; 87 Teachers; 8 Master Teachers; 2 Affiliate Professors
  • 2013 – Fall Counselor Conference – 231 Participants
  • 2014 – 15 Classes; 172 Teachers; 21 Master Teachers; 2 Affiliate Professors
  • 2015 – 13 Classes; 178 Teachers; 22 Master Teachers; 1 Affiliate Professor
  • 2015 – Statewide Engineering Design Competition – 41 Project Submissions

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) prepares students to be the most innovative and productive leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and to make meaningful, pioneering contributions to our world. PLTW partners with middle schools and high schools to provide a rigorous, relevant STEM education. Through an engaging, hands-on curriculum, PLTW encourages the development of problem-solving skills, critical thinking, creative and innovative reasoning, and a love of learning. The PLTW middle and high school STEM education programs give students a brighter future by providing them with a foundation and proven path to college and career success in STEM-related fields.

The PLTW Pathway to Engineering Program is a curriculum that is designed to encompass all four years of high school. Foundation courses are supplemented by a number of electives to create eight rigorous, relevant, reality-based courses. Activities are hands-on and project-based. Students learn how to use the same industry-leading 3D design software that is used by companies like Intel, Lockheed Martin and Pixar. They explore aerodynamics, astronautics and space life sciences. They apply biological and engineering concepts related to biomechanics - think robotics. Students design, test and actually construct circuits and devices such as smart phones and tablets, and work collaboratively on a culminating capstone project. Some PLTW students have even received US patents.

The PLTW Gateway to Technology Program is taught in conjunction with a rigorous academic curriculum. The hands-on project based program is divided into six independent nine-week units. Students envision, design and test their ideas with the same advanced modeling software used by companies like Lockheed Martin, Intel and Sprint. They study mechanical and computer control systems. Think robotics and animation. Students also explore importance of energy, including innovative ways to reduce, conserve and produce it using solar, thermal and wind power. The knowledge that students gain and the skills they build from the Gateway to Technology Program create a strong foundation for further STEM learning, from nanotechnology to applied engineering.

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. Schools that choose to implement Computer Science will bring on two year-long foundation courses: Computer Science and Software Engineering (CSE) and Computer Science Applications (CSA). Schools can then choose from an introductory course and a variety of specialty courses to complete a minimum of three (3) years of content for the program.

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. We designed PLTW Launch to offer maximum flexibility and work in a variety of settings and scenarios, which means we have an implementation model that will work for your school or organization.

PLTW provides professional development and continuous support:

PLTW Engineering Professional Development is designed to create dynamic learning experiences for teachers through robust and flexible instructional support and ongoing professional community.

Robust and Flexible 365 Learning

To support and strengthen instructional practices and content knowledge related to each PLTW Engineering course, PLTW Engineering teachers participate in a three-phase professional development model. The model provides teachers with learning opportunities that emphasize proper preparation, in-depth training, and continuing education. The three phases of the model are Readiness Training, Core Training, and Ongoing Training.

Readiness Training focuses on preparation and awareness to ensure that teachers have basic technical and content knowledge prior to participating in pedagogy, skill, and knowledge enhancement training experiences. We use the PLTW Learning Management System (LMS) to deliver Readiness Training, which consists of self-paced e-Learning resources. Successful completion of Readiness Training is required before teachers attend Core Training.

Core Training focuses on building awareness and confidence related to STEM education; activity-, project-, and problem-based learning; the roles of the teacher and student as they relate to instruction; and course-specific STEM content. Core Training is a collaborative, in-person training experience offered at PLTW Affiliate Universities across the nation and facilitated by PLTW Master Teachers.  After successful completion of Core Training, teachers receive access to the National PLTW Engineering Professional Learning Community (PLC), course-specific student and classroom instructional resources, and Ongoing Training resources all through the PLTW LMS.

Registration for Core Training opens March 15th.  Register at PLTW 

Ongoing Training consists of self-paced and live online e-Learning resources that provide knowledge enhancement opportunities and ongoing learning for educators. Ongoing Training encourages teachers to move beyond baseline knowledge and skills related to both content and pedagogy to deepen their understanding. Teachers also have access to training resources related to course updates and new releases.

Professional Learning Communities

Through the National PLTW Engineering Professional Learning Community (PLC), PLTW Engineering teachers can connect with other professionals from across the nation and share experiences and expertise. This PLC allows teachers to build a supportive network that can positively impact both instructional practice and student learning. By sharing practices with colleagues around the country, PLTW Engineering teachers benefit from collective learning and application of knowledge and skills.