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Title: Judith DAmico


1
OPAS Prepare Workgroup Project Lead The Way
January 22, 2008
Project Lead the Way EDUCATING THE 21st CENTURY
WORKFORCE
  • Judith DAmico
  • Director of State and Corporate
    Relations
  • Project Lead the Way

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CONSIDER THIS FROM FORTUNE MAGAZINE, DECEMBER 10,
2007
  • King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia spending 12.5
    billion for a graduate research university,
    endowed with 10 billion--as big an endowment on
    day one as MIT built in 142 years--to attract the
    best researchers in science and technology.
  • The EU proposed new rulesIf well educated with a
    job offer in Europe, a skilled worker can get a
    two-year renewable permit. The problem Europe is
    trying to solve 85 of emigrating unskilled
    workers from developing countries go to Europe,
    but only 5 of skilled workers do so.
  • HCL Technologies, (Indian infotech firm), noticed
    a major change in its best young employees. Until
    two or three years ago, few of them would work
    unless they were promised an overseas assignment.
    Now it's the opposite They see India as most
    compelling source of excitement and opportunity,
    and don't want to be sent away.

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We've known for a long time that this day was
coming, and now it's here
  • Countries are finally realizing that their future
    prosperity depends not on natural resources or
    even on financial capital, but on human capital.
    Companies have been battling for years to attract
    and keep the best people. Now countries are
    engaging in the same fight.

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NOW WE CAN TALK
  • THESE STORIES MAKE THE DISCUSSION ABOUT THE
    COMPETITIVE EDGE REAL, SO NOW WHAT DO WE DO?

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What is Project Lead The Way?
  • PLTW is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization
  • PLTW partners with public schools, higher
    education institutions and the private sector to
    grow the nations science, engineering, and
    engineering technology workforce.

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PLTWs Curriculum
  • Aligns key learning concepts to national learning
    standards
  • Includes
  • day-by-day lessons
  • support and enrichment activities
  • course vocabulary
  • instructional resources including numerous
    PowerPoint presentations
  • evaluation and assessment tools aligned to the
    key concepts

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The Focus of PLTW is Problem-Based Learning
  • Students do authentic real-world work and may
    work in teams.
  • Learning is contextualnot a disjointed series of
    concepts.
  • Expectations are clearly articulated.

Activities and projects have predictable outcomes.
Problems have unpredictable results.
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Students Learn Real World Skills
  • Solve problems
  • Cope with failure and try again
  • Work in Teams
  • Analyze information
  • Communicate verbally and in writing
  • Manage Time to meet deadlines
  • Think creatively and critically to solve
    problems.
  • Understand and practice professional conduct.
  • Understand how research is conducted and funded.
  • Have fun while working hard

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  • Why Do We Need PLTW?

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Why Do We Need PLTW?
Our Workforce Has Changed.
20 Skilled
20 Professional
60 Unskilled
15 Unskilled
1960
20 Professional
65 Skilled
2000
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Why Do We Need PLTW?
  • There are currently 1.3 M engineering/engineering
    technology jobs available in the U.S. without
    trained people to fill them.
  • According to the Federal Government we will need
    15 million engineers and technology workers by
    2020.

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Science and Technology in Our Society
Manufacturing
Test and Evaluation
Routine Design
Development
Engineering Technology
Complex Design
Production
Operation, Service, And Maintenance
Complex Analysis
Engineering
Distribution and Sales
Research
Requires Multiple Skills, Offers Multiple
Pathways, Provides Multiple Opportunities
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PLTW Graduation Expectations
  • Understand technology as a tool for problem
    solving.
  • Understand the scientific process, engineering
    problem solving and the application of
    technology.
  • Prepared for the rigor of college level
    Engineering or Engineering Technology programs.
  • Understand, technological systems as they
    interface with other systems.
  • Use the principles of mathematics in their
    application to problem solving.
  • Communicate effectively using reading, writing,
    listening and speaking.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work in teams.

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  • PLTW COURSES

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Middle School Gateway to Technology
  • Design and Modeling
  • The Magic of Electrons
  • The Science of Technology
  • Automation and Robotics
  • Flight and Space
  • Energy and Motion
  • (Under development)

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PLTW Classes in Action Middle School
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HS Engineering Program
Foundation Courses
  • Introduction to Engineering Design
  • Principles of Engineering
  • Digital Electronics

Specialization Courses (HS offers 1 or more)
  • Computer Integrated Manufacturing
  • Civil Engineering/Architecture
  • Biotechnology
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Power and Energy (to be developed)

Note Course program requires college entrance
mathematics each year.
Capstone Course
  • Engineering Design Development

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PLTW Classes in Action High School
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Foundation Course Principles Of Engineering
A Hands-on, project-based course that teaches
  • Engineering as a Career
  • Materials Science
  • Structural Design
  • Applied Physics
  • Automation/Robotics
  • Embedded Processors
  • Drafting/Design

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Foundation Course Introduction To Engineering
Design
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Foundation Course Digital Electronics
Design Simulate Prototype Fabricate
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Specialization Course Civil Engineering and
Architecture
  • Soils
  • Permits
  • Design
  • Structural Analysis

Cuban Restaurant
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Civil Engineering Architecture Kearny
Redesigns Their Classroom
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And a Neighborhood Park
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Aerospace Engineering
A Sample Project
  • Design and build an airfoil.
  • Test it in a wind tunnel.
  • Create a 3D solid model of the airfoil in
    AutoDesk Inventor.

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Specialization Course Computer Integrated
Manufacturing
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Capstone Course Engineering Design and
Development
Problem Solving in Teams
Juried Presentations
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Sample Four Year Schedule
Grade 9
Grade 10
Grade 11
Grade 12
English History Algebra I Biology Physical
Ed.
English History Geometry Chemistry
English American History Algebra
II Physics Foreign Language
English 12 Govt/Economics Trig or
Pre-Calculus Science
Foreign Language
Introduction to Engineering Design
Digital Engineering and/or Specialty course
Principles of Engineering
Engineering Design Development
6 units
6 - 7 units
6 units
6 units
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THAT IS HOW WE--
  • INSPIRE STUDENTS
  • ENGAGE STUDENTS
  • EDUCATE STUDENTS
  • AND LEAD STUDENTS TO CAREERS

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THE RELEVANCE QUESTION
  • RELEVANT TO STUDENTS?
  • RELEVANT TO TEACHERS?
  • RELEVANT TO PARENTS?
  • RELEVANT TO BUSINESS?
  • RELEVANT TO COMMUNITY?

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Reaching all Students (80 HS)
What does High Rigor High Relevance look
like in a school curriculum ? Project Lead The
Way is a model.
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RIGOR / RELEVANCE FRAMEWORK
PLTW
AP
General Math
Blooms Levels of Learning
Application Model Adapted from W. Daggett
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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
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RIGOR / RELEVANCE FRAMEWORK
PLTW
AP
General Math
Blooms Levels of Learning
Application Model Adapted from W. Daggett
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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
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RIGOR / RELEVANCE FRAMEWORK
PLTW
AP
General Math
Blooms Levels of Learning
Application Model Adapted from W. Daggett
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  • PLTWs 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.

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Biomedical Careers --- some examples ---
  • Doctor
  • Nurse
  • Dentist
  • Veterinarian
  • Medical Technologist
  • Pharmaceutical Scientist
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Social worker
  • Health Information Manager
  • Pharmacist
  • Ultrasound Technician
  • Medical Technical Writer
  • Radiologist

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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
  • 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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Year 1 Principles of the Biomedical Sciences
  • Key Biological Concepts
  • Cellular basis of life
  • Homeostasis
  • Metabolism
  • The Human Body and Medicine
  • Inheritance of traits
  • Defense against disease

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Course 2 Human Body Systems
  • Engage students in the study of basic human
    physiology, especially in relationship to human
    health.
  • Students will use LabVIEW software to design and
    build sensors, instruments and systems to monitor
    body functions.

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Course 3 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.

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Next Curriculum Area of Focus
  • CREATION OF NEW COURSEWORK FOCUSED ON ENERGY AND
    POWER FOR BOTH MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL PLTW
    CURRICULUM.

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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.

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  • Professional
  • Development

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3 Phase Professional Development
Self-Assessment Pre-Core Training
Core Training Summer Training Institute
Continuous Training
  • Gateway To Technology (Middle School)
  • Principles of Engineering
  • Introduction To Engineering Design
  • Digital Electronics
  • Computer Integrated Manufacturing
  • Civil Engineering/Architecture
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Biotechnology
  • Engineering Design and Development
  • Biomedical Science (under development)

Ready for teaching
Ready for core training
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  • Who Does Well in PLTW? And How Do We Know?

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What Students do Well in PLTW? The student who is
  • Creative- Likes to design things.
  • In the upper 80 of their class
  • A hands-on learner.
  • An underachiever who might get hooked by an
    interesting project-based class.
  • Interested in computers, science, or technology.
  • Good in math and science.

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STUDENT COMMENTS
  • PLTW is a better learning experience because you
    are self-motivated.
  • The learning that comes when it doesnt 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 Im not pursuing an engineering degree,
    the problem-solving skills learned are important
    no matter your field.

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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.)

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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.)

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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)

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  • Research Findings

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Research Data Key Findings based upon 450 PLTW
students
  • 80 of PLTW seniors plan on attending college or
    community college versus 65 nationwide.
  • 54 plan to study engineering or engineering
    technology versus 10 nationally.
  • 19 plan on attending Community College or
    Technical School.
  • 85 student retention rate in 2nd year of
    Engineering or Eng. Tech. versus 40 nationwide.

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PLTW Grads Education Plans (excludes non-college
bound grads)
Non-Science 20
Undecided 12
Engineering 68 7X the National Average
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How are PLTW students doing when compared to
other Career/Technical students at High Schools
That Work (HSTW) schools?
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PLTW Students Mean Scores vs. a Random Sample
of CTE Students from Similar Fields
Source Southern Regional Education Board
Research Brief, September 2007
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Comparison of PLTW Students Mean Scores with a
Random Sample of Students from ALL CTE Fields
Source Southern Regional Education Board
Research Brief, September 2007
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Comparison of PLTW Students Course-taking
Patterns to Other CTE Students
4 Yrs College Math
4 Yrs College Science
Source Southern Regional Education Board
Research Brief, September 2007
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Percentages of Students Planning Post-Secondary
Study
Source Southern Regional Education Board
Research Brief, September 2007
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  • University Partners

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  • PLTW Across the Nation

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Nationwide Participant Growth 1997 - 2006
  • 1996-1997 11 Schools
  • 2004-2005 800 Schools
  • 2006-2007 1600 Schools
  • 2007-2008 2300 Schools

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  • National Partnerships
  • Recognition

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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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  • 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.

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National Academy Foundation
National Academy Foundation has partnered with
PLTW to establish 14 Engineering Academies
nationwide
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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
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Visit our Website for more Information
WWW.PLTW.ORG Judith DAmico, Director State and
Corporate Relations Western Region judithdamico_at_co
mcast.net
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