SDSU and Project Lead the Way team up to provide opportunities for high school engineering students.
As the emphasis for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education becomes more of a priority at middle and high schools throughout the nation, the search for a STEM program to implement at schools has been crucial.
One organization, Project Lead The Way (PLTW), continues to gain more attention for STEM-based curricula, professional development, and partnerships.
This summer PLTW California, housed in the College of Engineering at SDSU, will host two teacher training sessions for more than 110 teachers from California and elsewhere across the US.
These sessions run from June 18-29 and July 9-20, and include courses in engineering design, civil engineering & architecture, aerospace engineering, digital electronics, robotics, automation, and alternative energy.
About Project Lead the Way
The teachers are expected to go back to their respective schools and teach the curriculum to their middle and high school students, exposing them to careers in engineering, technology and the biomedical sciences.
The courses are rigorous and relevant project-based experiences that prepare students to pursue high demand, high paying professions.
PLTW in California has grown to serve 389 middle and high schools throughout the state and this fall will reach over 28,000 kids.
Prior to implementing PLTW curricula at their middle or high school, teachers are sent to a PLTW affiliate university to attend an intensive and rigorous two-week summer training.
In these courses, the teachers work with state-of-the-art technology and learn the project/problem/activity-based curriculum that is offered in over 5,000 schools nationwide.
In addition, the summer training gives teachers the opportunity to collaborate and network with fellow teachers, who come from various teaching and educational backgrounds.