Archive for K-12
TRAVERSE DES SIOUX CHAPTERFebruary 1, 2013 Centennial Student Union Ballroom Minnesota State University, Mankato
Registration deadline: December 15, 2012.
To register: https://mathcounts.org/register.
For more information, please call 507-389-1201 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take the national high school challenge and help Rube HAMMER A NAIL!February 7, 2013 8:30 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. (Lunch on your own) Centennial Student Union Ballroom Minnesota State University, Mankato
You must register on the National Rube Goldberg Machine Contest website, http://rubegoldberg.com/contest_form2
All registrations must be submitted no later than Monday, January 30, 2013.
All Rube Goldberg Machine Contest information is posted on www.rubegoldberg.com.
Congratulations to the winners of our Regional Rube Goldberg Competition at Minnesota State University Mankato: The Three Knuckleheads from John Marshall High School in Rochester, Minnesota. It was a very close competition. They will be competing in the National Rube Goldberg Competition at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan on March 17, 2012. Congratulations to all of our competitors.
2nd Place: Southland 2, Adams, MN
3rd Place: Seal Team 7, St Clair, MN
4th Place: Team Sesame, St Clair, MN
5th Place: Loyola #2, Mankato, MN
Student’s Choice Award: Team Sesame, St Clair, MN
Spirit of Rube Award: Southland 2, Adams, MN
Team that traveled the farthest award: Shananigans, Carlton, MN
Team that exemplified the theme award: Eagles 1, Edgerton, MN
Team that used the most duct tape: Witch Doctors, New Richland, MN
We hope to see all of you again next year.
SAVE THE DATE!
Our High School Rube Goldberg Competition is scheduled for Wednesday, February 20, 2013.
Our Collegiate Rube Goldberg Competition is scheduled for Thursday, February 7, 2013.
Anyone can enter a robot in the 1st Annual MAVBOT Competition.
Teams of any size (i.e. one or more persons) can enter robots however no more than two robots may be entered by any team.
When: Saturday, November 19, 2011, 9 AM – 12 noon.
Where: Centennial Student Union, Room 253/4/5, Minnesota State University Mankato.
Two participant classes are available. Novice class for Elementary and Middle School and Advanced Class for High School, College and Adult.
Novice Class Prize: Lego 8547 Mindstorms NXT 2.0 Robot
Advanced Class Prize: $250 MSU Mankato Scholarship
Pre-registration is required by sending an email to Dr. Vince Winstead.
It is time to start thinking about summer camp 2011. Several are available for Junior and Senior High school students this summer. There are many engineering camps available on college campuses across Minnesota. Camps are being offered by Alexandria Technical College, Anoka Technical College, Itasca Community College, Mesabi Range College, Minnesota State University Mankato, Normandale Community College, St Paul College, South Central College-North Mankato Campus, and South Central College-Faribault Campus.
Engineering and Manufacturing Summer Camp at Alexandria Technical College
The camp includes engineering hands on experience, manufacturing shop hands on experience and tours of industry. This camp is limited to students from District 206-Alexandria with completed PLTW courses in 8th grade. 4 sessions.
Mon-Thu, Jun 13 – 16, 8 AM – 3 PM Alexandria Technical College
Camp Build My Future at Anoka Technical College
The camp includes hands on college level activities and exposure to multiple technical career paths.
For more information, contact Sarah Patnode at 763-576-4775 or e-mail email@example.com. Ages: 11 – 13.
Mon-Fri, Jul 13 – 22, 9 AM – 2 PM Anoka Technical College
ICC Senior High Summer Engineering Camp
This 6-day residential camp fee includes: meals, lodging, project supplies, and outings.
Activities encompass: problem solving & team building challenges, hands-on design projects (computer applications, radio control and robotic interfacing, structural design challenges, 3-D modeling & graphics, alternative energy work, and the list goes on ……), guest speakers and industry tours, sports and recreational outings.
For more information, contact Kim Damiani at 218-322-2370 or e-mail Kimberly.firstname.lastname@example.org. Scholarships are available. Cost: $350. Grades: 10 – 12.
Mon-Sat, Jul 11 – 16 Itasca Community College
ICC Junior High Summer Engineering Camp
This 4-day residential camp fee includes: meals, lodging, project supplies, and outings. Activities encompass: problem solving & team building challenges, pulleys, levers, electricity, cool gadgets, robotic programming challenges.
For more information, contact Kim Damiani at 218-322-2370 or e-mail Kimberly.email@example.com. Scholarships are available. Cost: $285. Grades: 7 – 9.
Wed-Sat, Jul 20 – 23 Itasca Community College
Mesabi Range College STEM Camp 2011
The camp includes fun, hands-on learning in the area of Natural Disasters: The Science, Technology, Engineering and Math behind predicting, preparing, preventing and responding.
For more information, contact Lisa Kvas at 218-744-7587 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mon-Fri, Jul 11 – 15, day camp Mesabi Range College
ZAP Camp Physics at Minnesota State University
Learn about physics in fun, hands-on way. Spend two mornings at Minnesota State Mankato doing physics experiments. Specific camp instructions will be mailed to campers prior to camp. For more information about ZAP CAMP, contact Judi Evans at 507-389-2110 or email Judith.email@example.com. Scholarships are available.
COURSE #: 5350. Cost $20. Registration deadline is June 10, 2011 and must be done through www.mankatocer.com.
Tue & Wed, Jun 21 – 22, 9AM – 12 PM Minnesota State University Mankato
ZAP Camp Engineering at Minnesota State University
Experience engineering by building a bridge and solving an oil spill disaster. Learn even more about engineering on Minnesota State Mankato’s ropes course. Specific camp instructions will be mailed to campers prior to camp. For more information about ZAP CAMP, contact Judi Evans at 507-389-2110 or email Judith.firstname.lastname@example.org. Scholarships are available. Deadline to register: Friday, July 8. Completed grades 6-8. 3 sessions
COURSE #: 5351. Cost $60. Registration deadline is July 8, 2011 and must be done through www.mankatocer.com.
Tue-Thu, Jul 19 – 21, 9 AM – 4 PM Minnesota State University Mankato
ZAP Camp Robotics at Minnesota State University
Learn about robots in fun, hands-on way by building one. Spend two days at Minnesota State Mankato building a robot. Specific camp instructions will be mailed to campers prior to camp. For more information about ZAP CAMP, contact Judi Evans at 507-389-2110 or email Judith.email@example.com. Scholarships are available. Limited to 20 students. Completed grades 6-8. 2 sessions
Cost $40. Registration deadline is July 22, 2011 and must be done through www.mankatocer.com.
Tue & Wed, Aug 9 -10, 9AM - 3:30 PM Minnesota State University Mankato
Engineering is Math and Science and Creativity Too! STEM Camps for Middle-school Girls
The camp includes project work to include creating a simple desktop model of a hovercraft.
For more information, contact Nancy Louwagie at 952-358-8738 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mon-Fri, Jul 11 – 15, day camp Normandale Community College
Mon-Fri, Aug 1 – 5, day camp St Paul College
ZAP Camp at South Central College-North Mankato Campus
South Central College is offering a summer science, technology, engineering, and math camp (STEM) to children, ages 11-15. The camp will focus on project-based, hands-on experiences in fields such as Mechatronics, global information systems, and micro biology. There will also be a social and physical recreation component. Camp concludes with campers presenting their projects to their family and friends at celebratory picnic on campus. All snacks, lunch, and project materials are provided. Enrollment is limited to 50. Some scholarships are available. More information will be mailed to registered campers prior to the camp week. Ages: 11-15, 5 sessions.
COURSE #: 5352 $135. Registration deadline is July 8, 2011 and must be done through www.mankatocer.com.
Mon- Fri, Jul 18 – 22, 9 AM- 3:15 PM South Central College-North Mankato Campus
ZAP Camp at South Central College-Faribault Campus
South Central College is offering a summer science, technology, engineering, and math camp (STEM) to children, ages 11-15. The camp will focus on project-based, hands-on experiences in fields such as Mechatronics, global information systems, and Energy and Construction technology. There will also be a social and physical recreation component. Camp concludes with campers presenting their projects to their family and friends at celebratory picnic on campus. All snacks, lunch, and project materials are provided. Enrollment is limited to 24. Some scholarships are available. More information will be mailed to registered campers prior to the camp week.
For more information, contact Nicole Tacheny at 507-389-7427 or e-mail Nicole.email@example.com. Cost is $75. Ages: 11-15, 3 sessions.
Registration deadline is June 30, 2011
Tue- Thu, Jul 12 – 14, 9 AM- 3:15 PM South Central College-Faribault Campus
Minnesota State University, Mankato Departments of Mechanical and Civil, and Electrical and Computer Engineering hosted the 2010 North Midwest Conference of the American Society for Engineering Educators on October 21-23. Faculty from colleges and universities throughout the upper Midwest attended the two-day conference. Highlights included keynote speaker, Joe Albright, delivering industry’s perspective on the graduating engineer in “Engineering Education: A View from the Receiving End, ” and a luncheon panel discussing outreach programs for K-12 students intended to spark interest in engineering as a career.
Moderator Jon Rippke, President of Bolton & Menk, Inc., began by the discussion sharing his experience trying to recruit Latino engineers. When Rippke learned there were no Latino students from southern Minnesota pursuing civil engineering at Minnesota State Mankato, he contacted Guadalupe Quintero, director of Latino Affairs for help. She suggested a career fair specifically for Latino high school students from southern Minnesota. “We found a great deal of interest,” said Rippke. Called Latino Engineering and Academic Day (LEAD) registrations were stopped at 160 students, but more than 200 students attended. “We expect to see measureable results from these efforts in three or four years,” he commented.
College instructors, Shirley Biel, Normandale Community College, and Bart Johnson, Itasca Community College, as well as Mike Pace, professional engineer, Unimin Corporation, offered unique program information as well as tips for partnering with community groups such as Boy Scouts of America to reach prospective students.
The conference wrapped up Saturday morning with a hands-on workshop preview given by representatives of the ExCEEd Teaching Workshop. The full ExCEEd (Excellence in Civil Engineering Education) course, a week-long program developed and supported by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), provides training for civil engineering faculty throughout the United States. The mission of ExCEEd is to disseminate significant, proven innovations in engineering education practice, especially methods shown to improve student participation and learning.
U.S. Senator Al Franken witnessed first-hand kids engaged in science, technology, engineering, and math at the Minnesota State Fair. The inaugural STEM Day at the Fair held August 26, 2010, was dedicated to getting kids excited about stem-related careers and Franken did his part.
Exhibitors ranged from industry to universities to junior high engineering clubs. Franken visited as many booths as possible, participating alongside the kids in various activities.
He watched a demonstration by Minnesota State Mankato’s civil engineers and learned that reinforcement materials sandwiched between layers of sand allows it to support significantly more weight than sand alone; he toyed with STARBASE Minnesota’s software that 4th graders use to design their own airplanes; and he picked up a money clip designed and produced with Minnesota technology used by Project Lead the Way students.
Then, following a demonstration by the University of Minnesota’s Physics Force, Franken took a few minutes on stage to address the kids directly. “This is a beautiful exhibit and that was a great demonstration. You can’t beat stuff blowing up. Everybody likes stuff blowing up and that is what you get to do when you study science, technology, engineering and math,” he joked. “You also get to make some really neat things.”
Both Franken and his brother studied math in college.
Although with a note of sympathy to his parents, Franken admitted that neither went on to work in stem careers. “My brother is a photographer and I became a comedian. I am not a very good example,” he laughed.
Nonetheless, he understands the importance of stem-related education. A solid education in science, technology, engineering and math helps a person understand what is happening in the world—from global warming to oil spill cleanup to high blood pressure.
With pride in his voice, Franken shared that his son is working on a graduate degree in engineering. “He is going to manufacture new products that we’ve never heard of,” he told the kids, “and develop green technology that is good for the environment, and create jobs for other engineers.”
Also obviously proud of Minnesota, Franken bragged to the audience about Sage Electrochromics, Inc., a company based in Faribault that makes electronically tintable glass. “They use state-of-the-art technology. They do it better than Europe, better than Asia and it is right here in Minnesota,” said Franken. “And I went to the lunch room there and everyone was from Minnesota and studied engineering and physics in Minnesota.”
A member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, Franken understands the best way to get kids interested in similar careers is to provide strong stem education early. “Congress is very conscious of the need for more stem education,” he said. “Congress is reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. I know U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan understands the need and when we reauthorize the bill, we will be very focused on that.”
Franken encouraged industry and academia to continue to be politically active. “Find out when the bill will be written up. Make the case to senators and congress members about how important [stem education] is,” he said. “For example it is estimated that within 5 years there will be more than 200,000 jobs in Minnesota that cannot be filled because people don’t have the skills. When I travel the state, trying to get people jobs, I see people over here who need jobs and people over here who need employees, and the gap in the middle is training. And it starts in elementary and middle school.”
And that is no doubt why he aimed most of his comments directly to the young people in the audience. “You are going to achieve such fantastic, amazing things—some of which you haven’t even dreamed of, things your parents never dreamed of. You are going to study science. You are going to learn to work in teams, learn to work creatively, be good critical thinkers, be an asset to your state, country and world,” said Franken. “You are going to make things that will help us prosper, save us from global warming. I don’t mean to put a lot of pressure on you,” he joked, “but I am. But seriously, as a senator, I can’t tell you how excited I am to see this exhibit, to see all you kids here today interested in this. Thanks for what you are going to do in school and thanks for what you are going to do for all the people in the world.”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 29, 2010
CONTACT: Lisa Cohen, 310-395-2544, firstname.lastname@example.org
PROJECT LEAD THE WAY SCHOOLS HAVE STRONG SHOWING AT NATIONAL FIRST ROBOTICS COMPETITION
PLTW Students Were Part of the World Champion Team as Students from Three PLTW Pathway to Engineering Schools Work Together in Final Competition; 500 PLTW Schools Participated in the 2010 Competition, More Than Any Other STEM Program in the Country; PLTW CEO Calls for Increase in Support for In-School STEM Programs in America
Clifton Park, NY – Project Lead The Way, the nation’s leading provider of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in-school education programs, announced today that PLTW students from all over the country participated in this year’s 2010 FIRST Robotics Championship, including members of the World Champion team that won the national competition. Of the 1,800 teams participating in the 2010 First Robotics Competition, 500 were from schools that offer PLTW’s rigorous STEM education program. Two of three “World Champion” teams included students from three schools with Project Lead The Way (PLTW) programs, including Redondo Union (CA), Mira Costa (CA), and South Windsor (CT) High Schools.
“We are so proud of the innovative spirit PLTW students and teachers displayed at the FIRST Robotics Competition,” said John Lock, CEO of Project Lead The Way. “Every day, in PLTW classrooms around the country, students are developing the critical thinking and problem-solving skills they are going to need to be college- and career-ready when they graduate. After-school programs and competitions that allow students to pursue their passion for creativity and innovation are a great complement to the rigorous in-school STEM program that PLTW students experience every day in the classroom. We congratulate all of the PLTW schools on their successful performance in this competition, especially the Champions from Redondo Union, Mira Costa and South Windsor High Schools.”
Project Lead The Way’s hands-on, project based program engages the hearts and minds of thousands of middle school and high school students through STEM education by helping them connect what they are learning in the classroom to real-life problems. PLTW students use professional design software in the classroom that allows them to imagine, create and build things like robots and cars, applying what they learn in math and science to the world’s grand challenges. Studies have shown that PLTW students are more engaged in learning than their peers and more likely to attend college and major in STEM-related fields than non-PLTW students.
Lock added, “We are really encouraged by the level of innovation and creativity from all of the teams that participated in this competition and hope that the entire country is paying attention. An innovative, rigorous and project-based STEM curriculum during the school day is exactly the kind of learning experience we need to be providing students. It is no coincidence that PLTW students performed so well in the competition – they spend every school day developing these problem-solving skills. Every student in every school should have the opportunity to participate in classes that develop their critical thinking and problem-solving skills. After school competitions like the FIRST competition are wonderful, but many students don’t have access to or even time to pursue after school activities. As a nation, we must also commit increased resources to STEM based programs in school so that all students can develop these skills that are so critical to their ability to succeed in the 21st century.”
About Project Lead The Way
Project Lead The Way, Inc., is a national, non-profit organization that is the leading provider of rigorous and innovative STEM education curricular programs used in K-12 schools. The PLTW comprehensive curriculum, which is collaboratively developed by PLTW teachers, university educators, engineering and biomedical professionals, and school administrators, emphasizes critical thinking, creativity, innovation and real-world problem solving. The hands-on, project-based program engages students on multiple levels, exposes them to areas of study that they typically do not pursue, and provides them with a foundation and proven path to college and career success. PLTW began in 1998 in 12 high schools in upstate New York as a program designed to address the shortage of engineering students at the college level and has grown to a network of almost 3,400 middle and high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Nearly 350,000 students are enrolled in PLTW courses. For more information, visit www.pltw.org.
Minnesota Future Work Scan
Minnesota Future Work is an environmental scanning program designed to identify new and emerging occupations, the skills required for such occupations, and the education and training needed to develop such skills. For an archive of additional scans, please visit the Future Work page on ISEEK. http://www.iseek.org/news/trends.html
For upcoming events click here: http://www.iseek.org/news/events.html
Preparing the Workers of Today for the Jobs of Tomorrow
In this report, the President’s Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) presents a projection of potential developments in the U.S. labor market over the next five to ten years and discusses the preparations necessary to develop the 21st century workforce. The report discusses the skills that will likely be most relevant in growing occupations, the value and limitations of our current post-high school education and training systems, and the characteristics of a more effective education and training structure.
At an aggregate level, the data indicate that the economy of 2016 will resemble the economy of 2008, with several important shifts that have implications for employment.
* Health care is forecasted to remain a large source of job growth in the labor market. The long-term trend toward more employment in health care is expected to continue, with many health care occupations, including medical records and health information technicians, registered nurses, clinical laboratory technicians, and physical therapists, expected to grow.
* Retail trade is projected to contract somewhat in terms of employment share, partly because the growth in consumer spending is expected to slow somewhat going forward.
* The decades-long decline in the share of workers that are employed in manufacturing is expected to moderate. Some industries within manufacturing – such as aerospace and pharmaceuticals – are projected to create many jobs.
* The construction industry is projected to eventually recover and add jobs in the coming decade. This rebuilding would generate a demand for skilled workers such as electricians and plumbers.
Well-trained and highly-skilled workers will be best positioned to secure high-wage jobs, thereby fueling American prosperity. Occupations requiring higher educational attainment are projected to grow much faster than those with lower education requirements. Growth among occupations that require an associate’s degree or a post-secondary vocational award is projected to be slightly faster than occupations requiring a bachelor’s degree or more.
[FutureWork Note: In addition to the growth rate, it is also important to consider the projected number of job openings. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, between 2006 and 2016 there will be about 11 million total job openings in the U.S. for occupations that require a bachelor's degree or more compared to about 8 million total job openings for occupations requiring an associate’s degree, post-secondary vocational award or long-term on-the-job training which often involves technical training.]
Key attributes of a well-trained workforce as well as elements of an effective education and training system are detailed below.
* Employers value workers who can think critically and solve problems. Many highly-paid occupations require workers with good analytic and interactive skills.
* Occupations that employ large shares of workers with post-secondary education and training are growing faster than others. While expected growth in construction and some manufacturing industries would create job opportunities at all skill levels, workers will be better positioned for good jobs if they acquire additional training and education. Occupations that have grown recently require more formal post-secondary schooling than occupations that have declined.
* The U.S. post-high school education and training system provides valuable skills to those who complete programs in high-growth fields. However, it could be more effective at encouraging completion and responding to the needs of the labor market.
* Elements of a more effective system include: a solid early childhood, elementary, and secondary system that ensures students have strong basic skills; institutions and programs that have goals that are aligned and curricula that are cumulative; close collaboration between training providers and employers to ensure that curricula are aligned with workforce needs; flexible scheduling, appropriate curricula, and financial aid designed to meet the needs of students; incentives for institutions and programs to continually improve and innovate; and accountability for results.
Importantly, post-secondary education and training can provide the cognitive and interactive skills required for good, high-paid, jobs. Analysis of data from the Current Population Survey (CPS) indicates that occupations with a high intensity of analytic and interactive skills tend to have large shares of workers with post-secondary education. Moreover, occupations with a high concentration of college-educated workers have been growing much faster than others.
This analysis is consistent with another set of results from the employer survey conducted by The Conference Board. Respondents noted that graduates from two- and four-year college programs were on average better prepared to meet the challenges of the labor market than high school graduates. Specifically, those with only a high school degree were reported to be deficient in professionalism/work ethic and critical thinking/problem solving.
The Conference Board also found that their survey respondents believed most recent high school graduates lacked the basic skills of reading, writing, and math that were deemed necessary by employers. Among these basic skills, employers deemed this group to be most deficient in writing. Employers judged nearly three-quarters of high school graduates as unable to write at a basic level, for which competency includes knowledge of both spelling and grammar. These rudimentary skills, combined with the applied skills of problem solving and interacting with others, are critical for workers in the current labor market according to Donna Klein, President and CEO of Corporate Voices for Working Families (a sponsor of The Conference Board Report). One member of the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board (PERAB) echoes this view in reporting that one-half of the job applicants to his large company cannot do basic 8th grade math. Other members of the PERAB report that many workers do not possess the basic reading and math skills necessary for even entry-level work.
Worker flexibility is key given the dynamic nature of the U.S. labor market and ongoing technological change. In 2003, for example, a quarter of American workers were in jobs that were not even listed among the Census Bureau’s Occupation codes in 1967, and technological change has only accelerated since then. Environmental-related occupations – which are expected to experience tremendous growth over the next decade – did not exist in comparable data prior to 2000. As we build a new foundation for economic growth in the 21st century, the nation’s workers will be better prepared for ever-changing opportunities if they have strong analytical and interpersonal skills. High-quality education and training is the best way to prepare the workers of today for the jobs of tomorrow.
Executive Office of the President Council of Economic Advisors July 2009 http://www.whitehouse.gov/assets/documents/Jobs_of_the_Future.pdf
The Minnesota Future Work program is operated by Daniel Wagner Wagne054@tc.umn.edu and Victor Ward email@example.com . To add names of people to receive Future Work Scans or to notify us of a change in your e-mail address, please send an e-mail to Bruce.Steuernagel@so.mnscu.edu who manages the program.
Minnesota Future Work is funded by the Carl D. Perkins Act, Office of the Chancellor, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.
Organization Works to Strengthen Math and Science Education
DENVER, June 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire
The Education Commission of the States (ECS) is pleased to award Project Lead The Way(R) (PLTW) the 2009 ECS Corporate Award. The tribute honors for-profit corporations or non-profit organizations with sustained commitment to and investment in improving public education. The award will be presented by Minnesota Governor and ECS Chair Tim Pawlenty as part of the 2009 National Forum on Education Policy, July 8-10 in Nashville, Tenn.
Collaborating with schools, industry, state government and universities, PLTW works to build future generations of successful engineers and technology savvy graduates. PTLW supports a series of middle and high school courses that are project-centered, problem-based and technology-integrated, preparing students to excel in high-tech fields. With rigorous and relevant context tied to national standards, the program responds to a common student question: “Why do I have to learn this?”
“This is a perfect example of a public/private partnership engaging and challenging students to apply their skills and knowledge to real life situations,” notes ECS President Roger Sampson.
Project Lead The Way leadership believe that when schools apply activities and problem-based learning, they generate an “increase in student motivation, an increase in cooperative learning skills, higher-order thinking and an improvement in student achievement.” Research has shown this to be true. According to an evaluation by High Schools That Work, PLTW students scored significantly higher in both mathematics and science high school assessments. The National Center for Education Statistics 2006-07 True Outcomes report explains that students who participate in PLTW are five times more likely to graduate college as science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) majors than those who do not.
The organization was started in the 1980s in upstate New York by Richard Blais and Richard Liebich, becoming an independent not-for-profit organization in 1997. Today, the program is expanding across the country with an eye to new and engaging curriculum.
“We are extremely honored to receive this award, particularly at a time when our country needs a new generation of innovators to remain economically competitive in the 21st century global economy,” said John Lock, CEO of Project Lead The Way. “We remain committed to attracting more students to science, math, engineering and tech fields in the coming years by expanding the reach of PLTW’s critical-thinking and project-based curriculum to more schools around the country. By helping students apply what they learn in math and science to innovation and real life problem-solving, we can create America’s next “Innovation Generation’ and regain our economic competitive advantage.”
The Education Commission of the States (ECS) is the only nationwide, nonpartisan interstate compact devoted to education. ECS helps governors, legislators, state education officials and others identify, develop and implement public policies to improve student learning at all levels. A nonprofit organization, ECS (www.ecs.org) was formed in 1965 and is located in Denver, Colorado.
Project Lead The Way(R) is a national 501c3, not-for-profit educational program that helps give middle and high school students the rigorous ground-level education they need to develop strong backgrounds in science and engineering. For more information, please visit: http://www.pltw.org.
SOURCE Education Commission of the States Mary Ann Strombitski, +1-303-299 3609, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Ashley Zaleski +1-303-299-3698, email@example.com, both of the Education Commission of the States