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					                                        CSU, Chico
                                   Engineering Academies
                                     November 15, 2007


     Project Lead the Way
EDUCATING THE WORKFORCE OF
         THE FUTURE
                Judith D’Amico
      Director of State and Corporate Relations
               Project Lead the Way
THE RELEVANCE
 QUESTION
RELEVANT TO STUDENTS
RELEVANT TO TEACHERS
RELEVANT TO PARENTS
RELEVANT TO BUSINESS
RELEVANT TO COMMUNITY
Reaching all Students (80 % HS)

             What does
  High Rigor & High Relevance
look like in a school curriculum ?

Project Lead The Way is a model.
 Evaluation     6

 Synthesis      5            High Rigor                      High Rigor
                            Low Context                     High Context
 Analysis       4

 Application    3

Understanding   2            Low Rigor                         Low Rigor
                            Low Context                       High Context
 Awareness      1

                        1            2            3             4               5
Bloom’s
                    Knowledge     Apply in       Apply       Apply to       Apply to
Levels of                                       across      predictable   unpredictable
                                 discipline
Learning                                      disciplines   real-world
                                                            situations
                                                                            real-world
                                                                            situations




                            Application Model
                                Adapted from W. Daggett
This is Project/Problem Based Learning!
        From: Principles of Engineering

Design and build a modifiable device that
 will launch a ping pong ball into a 10
 inch bowl with 100% accuracy.

On launch day the distance will be varied
 by the instructor within a range of 5 to
 15 feet.

       High Rigor, High Context with
       Predictable Outcome
 Evaluation     6

 Synthesis      5            High Rigor                      High Rigor
                            Low Context                     High Context
 Analysis       4

 Application    3

Understanding   2            Low Rigor                         Low Rigor
                            Low Context                       High Context
 Awareness      1

                        1            2            3             4               5
Bloom’s
                    Knowledge     Apply in       Apply       Apply to       Apply to
Levels of                                       across      predictable   unpredictable
                                 discipline
Learning                                      disciplines   real-world
                                                            situations
                                                                            real-world
                                                                            situations




                            Application Model
                                Adapted from W. Daggett
This is Project/Problem Based Learning!
        From: Digital Electronics



     Design and build an electronic
    device to automatically measure
  the distance a person is away from
               the device.


       High Rigor, High Context with
        Unpredictable Results
 Evaluation     6

 Synthesis      5            High Rigor                      High Rigor
                            Low Context                     High Context
 Analysis       4

 Application    3

Understanding   2            Low Rigor                         Low Rigor
                            Low Context                       High Context
 Awareness      1

                        1            2            3             4               5
Bloom’s
                    Knowledge     Apply in       Apply       Apply to       Apply to
Levels of                                       across      predictable   unpredictable
                                 discipline
Learning                                      disciplines   real-world
                                                            situations
                                                                            real-world
                                                                            situations




                            Application Model
                                Adapted from W. Daggett
STUDENT COMMENTS
  PLTW is a better learning experience
  because you are self-motivated.
  The learning that comes when it doesn’t
  work is just as valuable as the learning
  when it does work.
  You think differently because you cannot
  just look up the answers. You have to come
  up with the solution. It is more critical
  thinking.
  Though I’m not pursuing an engineering
  degree, the problem-solving skills learned
  are important no matter your field.
Teacher & Principal Comments:
    Our teachers recognize that the same
    skills emphasized in PLTW classes
    make a student successful in any
    class. (Diane Lashinsky, Administrator, The
    Innovation School)
    I am excited to see PLTW courses
    challenging students with good
    problems that require strong math,
    science, and analytical skills. As an
    engineer teaching these kinds of
    things to high school kids is as good
    as it gets. (Craig Devine, PLTW Teacher &
    Former Engineer.)
Business Comments:
    I hired four PLTW students right out
    of high school. They came to us
    with real-life job skills and their work
    has been used in successful
    proposals, products, and systems
    installations. This program is a win
    for everyone involved. (Andrea L. Mann,
    Ph.D. President, Mann Wireless, Ltd.)
Business Comments:
  We are an electronics manufacturing
  facility, so the idea of PLTW fits well
  into what we do. It is exciting to us
  that our local school has embraced
  the technology field, and that local
  students can finally look at us, know
  what we do, and want to be part of it.
  (Peg Murphy, Director HR, Espey Mfg. &
  Electronics Corporation)
BUSINESS & INDUSTRY
     SUPPORT
 CMTA (California   APPA (American
 Manufacturers &    Public Power
 Technology         Association
 Association        IBM
 AeA (American      Northrup
 Electronics        Grumman
 Association        Qualcomm
 Intel              Gencorp/Aerojet
 Comcast
      PLTW’s NEW
BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES
     CURRICULUM:
Critical Component of the
 21st Century Workforce



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PLTW™ Biomedical
 Sciences Program
 Design is based on the successful
  PLTW Engineering Program to:
  Address the impending critical
  shortage of qualified biomedical
  science and health professionals.
  Prepare students for rigorous
  post-secondary education and
  training.
Biomedical Careers
--- some examples ---
       Doctor           Social worker
       Nurse            Health Information
       Dentist          Manager
       Veterinarian     Pharmacist
       Medical          Ultrasound
       Technologist     Technician
       Pharmaceutical   Medical Technical
       Scientist        Writer
       Biomedical       Radiologist
       Engineer
Biomedical Sciences High
    School Courses
  Principles of the Biomedical Sciences
  Student work involves the study of human medicine, research processes and
  an introduction to bio-informatics
  Human Body Systems
  This course will engage students in the study of basic human physiology,
  especially in relationship to human health. Use LabVIEW software and Vernier
  probes to measure EKG, heart rate, and blood pressure
  Medical Interventions
  Students will investigate various medical interventions that extend and
  improve quality of life, including gene therapy, pharmacology, surgery,
  prosthetics, rehabilitation, and supportive care
  Science Research
  This capstone course gives student teams the opportunity to work with
  a mentor, identify a science research topic, conduct research, write a
  scientific paper, and defend team conclusions and recommendations
  to a panel of outside reviewers

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Key Biological Concepts:

    Cellular basis of life
    Homeostasis
    Metabolism
    Inheritance of traits
    Defense against disease
Key Engineering Concepts:
        Process of design
        Feedback loops
        Fluid dynamics
        Relationship of structure to
        function
        Systems
Next Curriculum Area of
        Focus
      CREATION OF NEW
    COURSEWORK FOCUSED
    ON ENERGY AND POWER
   FOR BOTH MIDDLE SCHOOL
    AND HIGH SCHOOL PLTW
        CURRICULUM.
Energy & Power: A Course for PLTW
High Schools and Middle Schools
    A full year course will be developed in Energy and Power for high
        schools and a 9 week unit of study for middle schools.

    The course will contain at least the following content:
       Fossil Fuels
       Bio Fuels
       Solar Energy
       Nuclear Energy
       Geothermal Energy
       Power Systems
       Energy and Power Conversion Systems

    Experts from industry and higher education will be engaged to
       identify the key learning concepts as well as project/problem
       themes intended to show that students have learned the key
       learning concepts.
            National Recognition
National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Science and the Institute of Medicine
                                      October 2005

                                              PLTW program is
                                             recommended as the
                                             model curriculum for
                                           creating “K-12 rigorous
                                           curricula, standards and
                                            assessments based on
                                           world-class standards.”


                                           “Students participating
                                             in PLTW courses are
                                          better prepared for college
                                           engineering programs.”
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Innovative Technical Activity in Academics
Project Lead The Way, Inc. and San Diego State University




              Education Program of the Year -2007
   Project Lead The Way
   2006 Manhattan Institute
   Social Entrepreneurship Award




Project Lead The Way
2006 Bayer Science Foundation
K-12 STEM Best Practices Award
Received endorsement of the American
  Aerospace Industry Association (AIA) in
  December, 2006 as offering “proven
  curriculum and teacher professional
  development” with “the potential to
  increase the quantity and quality of
  engineers and engineering technologists
  graduating from our education system.”
Visit our Website for more
        Information

WWW.PLTW.ORG
     Judith D’Amico, Director
  State and Corporate Relations
         Western Region
   judithdamico@comcast.net

				
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