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Project Lead The Way: Teacher's Information

2014 PLTW Events

JUNE 1-27, 2014: Core Training 2014 »
Core Training was created to train new teachers on the content of PLTW courses. The training is an intense one- to two-week sessions where teachers absorb the curriculum appropriate to the course they will teach during the school year. The training includes hands on, project-based learning which is a cornerstone of PLTW curriculum in the classroom.
Core Training Registration Registration opens March 7, 2014
  • Limited seating is available! Enroll soon to ensure availability! Registration opens on March 7th and closes on May 1st, 2014!
  • Registration payment is due no later than 5 business days prior to the course scheduled start date.
  • $500 cancellation fee if course is dropped within two weeks before scheduled start date.
  • Application and Registration process takes 1-2 business days to complete
  • Continuing Education Units cannot be used toward an academic degree program
Core Training Application & Registration
Step 1: Project Lead the Way Core Training Registration: extranet.pltw.org
Step 2: View instructions on how to apply for Project Lead the Way Summer Training.
(On the application, select admit term: SUMMER 2014)
Step 3: Register for Summer Training through the myUCCS Student Portal.
View course offerings for:
Step 4: If a sponsor/3rd party is paying your tuition, send an e-mail to ajohns2@uccs.edu with: The Letter of Authorization is a document in which a sponsor commits to pay designated educational expenses for you. The letter from the sponsor specifies what they will pay, the period of coverage, and billing information.
Step 5: (optional) If interested in receiving UCCS Graduate Credit for your Core Training Courses:
  1. Fill out this additional Graduate Registration Form to enroll, email it back to Aubrey Johns at ajohns2@uccs.edu
  2. Express your interest in graduate credit to our affiliate university professors for:
    - Engineering courses: email jalberts@uccs.edu
    - GTT courses & Aerospace: email pgorder@uccs.edu
Graduate Credit Class Class # Credits Cost
Introduction to Engineering Design (IED)
ENGR 5030: Students must also do a complete and thorough job on all portfolio activities. Students must complete a 3-page (double spaced) paper case study of a real-world design problem or design success story, focusing on the role the design process played in the success or failure of the project. That paper is to be completed within two weeks after the STI.
Dr. Julie Albertson
18722 3.0 $606
Principles of Engineering (POE)
ENGR 5100: Detailed lesson plans for three modules are also required; these include instructional design as well as technical material but focus on instructional design.
Dr. Julie Albertson
18721 3.0 $606
Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA)
ENGR 5040: Students will complete detailed lesson plans for three modules. These will include instructional design as well as technical material but focus on instructional design.
Dr. Julie Albertson
18724 3.0 $606
Aerospace Engineering (AE)
ENGR 5060: In addition to successfully completing the AE STI course, students will complete a paper (3-5 pages) detailing an important event in Aerospace history (Sputnik, Apollo 11, Wright Brothers, etc.) with a focus on the technology barrier that was broken in that event. The paper must include 3-5 references.
Dr. Peter Gorder
18723 3.0 $606
Computer Science and Software Engineering (CSE)
ENGR 5011: Detailed lesson plans for three modules are also required; these include instructional design as well as technical material but focus on instructional design.
Dr. Julie Albertson
19208 3.0 $606
Gateway to Technology- Design and Modeling (GTT-DM)
ENGR 5130: Students will complete one detailed lesson plan which will include instructional design as well as technical material but focus on instructional design.
Dr. Peter Gorder
18725 1.5 $303
Gateway to Technology- Automation and Robotics (GTT-AR)
ENGR 5130: Students will complete one detailed lesson plan which will include instructional design as well as technical material but focus on instructional design.
Dr. Peter Gorder
18726 1.5 $303
Gateway to Technology- Green Architecture (GTT-GA)
ENGR 5130: Students will complete one detailed lesson plan which will include instructional design as well as technical material but focus on instructional design.
Dr. Peter Gorder
20417 1.0 $202
Gateway to Technology- Energy and the Environment (GTT-EE)
ENGR 5130: Students will complete one detailed lesson plan which will include instructional design as well as technical material but focus on instructional design.
Dr. Peter Gorder
20419 1.0 $202
Gateway to Technology- Magic of Electrons (GTT-ME)
ENGR 5130: Students will complete one detailed lesson plan which will include instructional design as well as technical material but focus on instructional design.
Dr. Peter Gorder
20420 1.0 $202
Gateway to Technology- Flight & Space (GTT-FS)
ENGR 5130: Students will complete one detailed lesson plan which will include instructional design as well as technical material but focus on instructional design.
Dr. Peter Gorder
20421 1.0 $202

Supply List & Computer Requirements

All Participants:
  1. Laptop which meets or exceeds PLTW specifications (view Computer Requirements)
  2. External mouse
  3. Ethernet cable (10-15 foot)
  4. Jump drive
  5. Digital camera and/or webcam and any necessary equipment needed to download pictures to laptop; ability to take video is optional but highly recommended
  6. Pens, pencils (mechanical preferred) with erasers, and highlighters
  7. Scientific calculator (basic 2 line display)
  8. Closed-toed shoes (for lab work and tours)
  9. Headphones to plug into computer
  10. A positive attitude and a good sense of humor
Additional Supplies
PBS, HBS, MI, BI:
Laboratory coat and safety goggles (UCCS will provide)
CEA:
Participants need to be prepared to conduct outdoor surveying labs. Please bring outdoor footwear, rain gear, and a jacket. Participants also need to be prepared to present their final project before a jury. Please bring business casual clothes for the presentation.
CSE:
Device for Android™
Hotel, Transportation & Meals
When you are making your travel arrangements, please be aware that classes will run until 5 p.m. on the last day of class. You are required to attend the entire training in order to receive credit and pass the training.

Hotel

Hyatt Place Colorado Springs/Garden of the Gods
503 West Garden of the Gods Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80907
Phone: 719 265 9385 Fax: 719 532 9514

Rate: $99/night + 9.63% tax for one king or two doubles | Hyatt Hotels recognized tax exempt status. Please provide proof at time of check-in.

Code: G-UCCT | Make a Reservation
Book by May 26th to receive the UCCS- Core Training group discount rate. The rate includes offers free parking, daily continental breakfast, free Wi-Fi, and a complementary shuttle between 6:30am-8:30am & 4:30pm-6:30pm to and from the campus (all these amenities offered by the hotel are for PLTW registrants only).

Transportation & Parking

Transportation from the Colorado Springs Airport
View Ground Transportation information from Colorado Springs Airport.
UCCS Parking & Shuttle | UCCS Map
Free parking on UCCS campus May 17th - June 8th.

Parking permits can be purchased for an additional fee of $65/10 days, or $47/5 days if needed to park on campus (rates established by Parking Services); contact our office prior to your arrival if you will be needing to purchase a parking pass.

Another option on the campus is the 4 Diamonds parking lot as it is free M-F and has a campus shuttle that runs from 7:00am -10:30pm about every 15 minutes beginning on June 9th.
Hotel Parking & Shuttle
Reservations at the Hyatt Place Colorado Springs/Garden of the Gods includes complementary shuttle between 6:30am-8:30am & 4:30pm-6:30pm to and from the campus, as well as free parking at the hotel.

Meals

A campus meal plan will been added to your registration for lunches M-F, at $6.95/day in our campus Lodge for the duration of your training. Other meals are covered at your own expense.

For additional affordable options, please visit the following links for the on-campus meal options at University Center during core training:
  • Clyde's | This popular venue features a mouth-watering menu, upbeat music, and a great selection of beer and wine, making the location a 'first choice' for those wanting a sit-down restaurant experience without leaving the UCCS campus.
  • Jazzman's | Wake up and smell the fresh brewed selection of coffees or kick back and relax to soothing jazz sounds as you enjoy a fresh gourmet salad or hearty sandwich on focaccia.
For meal options within two miles of campus, please visit: University Village Colorado Restaurants.
Check-In
Required check-in at UCCS Campus in Osborne Building, Atrium (map)
High School Biomedical Sciences check-in on Sunday, June 1st
PBS arrive at 12pm
HBS arrive at 1pm
MI arrive at 2pm
BI arrive at 3pm
High School Engineering check-in on Sunday, June 15th
IED arrive at 12pm
CSE arrive at 1pm
POE arrive at 2pm
CEA arrive at 3pm
AE arrive at 4pm
Middle School GTT
DM- Monday, June 2nd, 12pm
AR- Monday, June 9th , 12pm
GTT GA- Monday, June 9th, 8am
GTT EE- Wednesday, June 11th, 12pm
GTT MD- Monday 16th, 12pm
GTT ME- Monday June 23rd, 8am
GTT FS- Wednesday June 25th, 12pm
June 1-13, 2014: Biomedical Science Core Training Courses
All participants who successfully complete the 2014 Core Training will receive transcripted CEUs.

Course Offerings for 2014 Core Training Class Dates Classroom Class Check-In Cost**
Principles of the Biomedical Sciences (PBS)
Instructors: Staff
Class #18788
June 2-13 (M-F) OSBORNE Building
B310
June 1 @ 12pm $2,550
Human Body Systems (HBS)
Instructors: Staff
Class #18789
June 2-13 (M-F) OSBORNE Building
B314
June 1 @ 1pm $2,550
Medical Interventions (MI)
Instructors: Staff
Class #18790
June 2-13 (M-F) OSBORNE Building
B306
June 1 @ 2pm $2,550
Biomedical Innovation (BI)
Instructors: Staff
Class #18791
June 2-13 (M-F) OSBORNE Building
B305
June 1 @ 3pm $2,550
**Cost does not include lodging or meals.
June 15-27, 2014: Engineering Core Training Courses
All participants who successfully complete the 2014 Core Training will receive transcripted CEUs.

Course Offerings for 2014 Core Training Class Dates Classroom Class Check-In Cost**
Introduction to Engineering Design (IED)
Instructors: Staff
Class #18896
June 16-27 (M-F) OSBORNE Building
B136
June 15 @ 12pm $2,450
Computer Science and Software Engineering (CSE)
Instructors: Staff
Class #19200
June 16-27 (M-F) OSBORNE Building
B217
June 15 @ 1pm $2,450
Principles of Engineering (POE)
Instructors: Staff
Class #18897
June 16-27 (M-F) OSBORNE Building
B138
June 15 @ 2pm $2,450
Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA)
Instructors: Staff
Class #18898
June 16-27 (M-F) OSBORNE Building
B211
June 15 @ 3pm $2,450
Aerospace Engineering (AE)
Instructors: Staff
Class #18899
June 16-27 (M-F) OSBORNE Building
B213
June 15 @ 4pm $2,450
**Cost does not include lodging or meals.
June 1-27, 2014: Middle School Core Training Courses
All participants who successfully complete the 2014 Core Training will receive transcripted CEUs.

Course Offerings for 2014 Core Training Class Dates Classroom Class Check-In Cost**
Gateway to Technology- Design and Modeling (GTT-DM)
Instructors: Staff
Class #18900
June 2-6 OSBORNE Building
B213
June 2 @ 12pm $1,300
Gateway to Technology- Automation and Robotics (GTT-AR)
Instructors: Staff
Class #18901
June 9-13 OSBORNE Building
B213
June 9 @ 12pm $1,300
Gateway to Technology- Green Architecture (GTT-GA)
Instructors: Staff
Class #20414
June 9-11 OSBORNE Building
B217
June 9 @ 8am $650
Gateway to Technology- Energy and the Environment (GTT-EE)
Instructors: Staff
Class #20415
June 11-13 OSBORNE Building
B217
June 11 @ 12pm $$650
Gateway to Technology- Medical Detectives (GTT-MD)
Instructors: Staff
Class #18792
June 16-20 OSBORNE Building
B310
June 16 @ 12pm $1,400
Gateway to Technology- Magic of Electrons (GTT-ME)
Instructors: Staff
Class #20422
June 23-25 OSBORNE Building
B117
June 23 @ 8am $650
Gateway to Technology- Flight & Space (GTT-FS)
Instructors: Staff
Class #20424
June 25-27 OSBORNE Building
B117
June 25 @ 12pm $650
**Cost does not include lodging or meals.
SEPTEMBER 25, 2014: PLTW Conference 2014 »
The Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Conference is a professional development conference designed to inform school administrators, teachers, counselors, industry leaders, and others about the PLTW program and provide them information they can utilize to encourage students to enroll in PLTW courses and industry leaders to support such PLTW programs.
PLTW Conference 2014
Thursday, September 25, 2014
8:00am - 5:00pm
Keynote Speaker: 'Monster' Mike Schultz

Embassy Suites
7290 Commerce Center Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80919

Event Details

Parking
Parking at the hotel is complimentary. If additional parking is needed, you may do so in the office parking lot of Commerce Center 1 on the west side of the hotel.
Check-in
Check-in begins at 7:45am
Lunch (12:05pm-12:50pm)
Lunch & Learn in the Hotel Atrium | Reflect Share & Network!
Networking (3:35pm-4:00pm)
Organized Networking in the Atrium | Launch, GTT, ENG, and BMS tables
Closing (4:00pm-4:15pm)
Closing Session in Ballroom: Recognition & Awards, Turn in Networking Sheet to be entered in Promo Prize Pack, Exchange of Certificates

Hotel Reservation

A block of rooms have been reserved at Embassy Suites for September 24, 2014 - September 25, 2014.

Room rate: $99/night
Reservation availability: August 27th or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.

Make a reservation:
  • Online
  • Call Embassy Suites at 719-599-9100 and mention PLTW
Course Registration Details
NENG 7000
Class #39949
Cost: $125 (includes light breakfast and lunch)

View instructions on how to apply and register for PLTW Conference 2014.

Deadline to enroll is September 15, 2014.

If a sponsor/3rd party is paying your tuition, complete the Letter of Authorization Form and send to bbates2@uccs.edu.

Hotel reservation: A block of rooms have been reserved at Embassy Suites for September 24, 2014 - September 25, 2014 | Make a Reservation
Keynote Speaker (Ballroom)
We are pleased to announce that 'Monster' Mike Schultz will be our keynote speaker at the 2014 PLTW Colorado Conference!
Don't miss out on this event!

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Conference Session 1 (9:20am-10:05am)

Topic Administrators Teachers Counselors Industry
LMS Success (Room A)
Speaker: Vic Dreier x x
Developing Partnerships (Room C)
Speaker: Judy D'Amico x x x x
Getting Started with PLTW (Pikes Peak Conference Room)
Speaker: Gwen Shuster-Haynes x x x
Conference Session 2 (10:20am-11:05am)

Topic Administrators Teachers Counselors Industry
Promote, Promote, Promote! (Room A)
Speakers: Jennifer Cahill & Gwen Shuster-Haynes x x x x
Developing Partnerships (Room C)
Speaker: Judy D'Amico x x x x
Certification Visits & Dual Credit (Pikes Peak Conference Room)
Speakers: Aubrey Johns & Dan Hoff x x x
Conference Session 3 (11:20am-12:05pm)

Topic Administrators Teachers Counselors Industry
Promote, Promote, Promote! (Room A)
Speakers: Jennifer Cahill & Gwen Shuster-Haynes x x x x
Colorado Governor's Blueprint & How It Affects PLTW (Room C)
Speaker: Jennifer Jirous x x x x
VEX Tips & Tricks (Pikes Peak Conference Room)
Speaker: Dustin Lux x
Conference Session 4 (12:50pm-1:35pm)

Topic Administrators Teachers Counselors Industry
GTT & Launch Winning Strategies (Room A)
Speakers: Vic Dreier & Gwen Shuster-Haynes x x x x
Engineering Winning Strategies (Room C)
Speakers: Michael Cengia & Robb Sommerfeld x x x x
Biomedical Sciences Winning Strategies (Pikes Peak Conference Room)
Speakers: Katie Law-Balding & Brett Humphries x x x x
Conference Session 5 (1:50pm-2:35pm)

Topic Administrators Teachers Counselors Industry
Ordering Supplies for PLTW (Room A)
Speaker: Vic Dreier x
STEMsCO & You! (Room C)
Speakers: Dianne Kingsland & Brad McClain x x x x
Thinking about CSE or CIM? (Pikes Peak Conference Room)
Speaker: Bill Petry x x x
Conference Session 5 (2:50pm-3:35pm)

Topic Administrators Teachers Counselors Industry
Student Recruitment & Involvement (Room A)
Speakers: Suzanne Acheson & Sharee Blunt x x x
Enhancing Your STEM Pipeline (Room C)
Speakers: Jennifer Jirous & John Wilson x x x x
CSI: The Real World (Pikes Peak Conference Room)
Speaker: Commander John San Agustin x

PLTW Conference Topics

Biomedical Science Winning Strategies | Session 4
PLTW's Biomedical Science is gaining much attention, not only across the nation, but within Colorado! More and more schools are becoming a part of the PLTW BMS program and are seeing success of their own. Coming to this session will allow you to learn from dynamos in this program as they share what worked, how they made it work, and how they plan on implementing in the coming year.
Certification Visits & Dual Credit | Session 2
Is it time for your school to become certified or re-certified? Come learn about the certification process to ease your stress and promote success within your building. Additionally, learn how a school district paid for all of its high school student's dual credit!
Colorado Governor's Blueprint & How it Affects PLTW | Session 3
Have you wondered how PLTW ties in with the Colorado Governor's Blueprint? This session provides information on how the PLTW curriculum you are teaching is beneficial to your school and district. Questions are welcome!
CSI: The Real World | Session 6
Many disciplines are utilized throughout every criminal case. This session will present an actual homicide case which will walk through a crime scene investigation while explaining the various disciplines associated with the process. This includes DNA, pathology, physical evidence, cause and manner, crime scene reconstruction and much more. This session will also present unique ideas on how to attract a myriad of students to your Biomedical Science PLTW courses.
Developing Partnerships | Session 1 | Session 2
It is imperative that educators, nonprofits, policymakers, and private companies come together to stimulate interest in STEM fields and nurture the required competencies. PLTW is the catalyst for this movement. Come learn how PLTW is building and expanding partnerships with Business and Industry to address our nation's STEM workforce demands. You will also learn how to build and leverage the role of a Partnership Team in your own school to maximize the learning experience of your students.
Engineering Winning Strategies | Session 4
PLTW's Engineering program has grown to be successful across the nation through the years, impacting thousands of lives, thanks to teachers, counselors, administrators, and industry like yourself! Participating in this session will allow you to become exposed to some of the winning strategies that those in this program have experienced first-hand. Curriculum approaches and enhancers will be shared by veterans in the engineering program.
Enhancing Your STEM Pipeline | Session 6
PLTW allows unique and stimulating ways to expose youth to STEM fields. Honing in on this excitement while students are still young is key! This session will cover the opportunities within PLTW to strengthen your school/district STEM pipeline, while discussing how it aligns with regional industry needs.
Getting Started with PLTW | Session 1
This session will provide information to school personnel looking to implement one or more of the PLTW programs. PLTW offers five unique hands-on STEM programs that allows for vibrant K-12 STEM pipelines. From elementary Launch, through middle school Gateway, to three high school programs: Biomedical Science, Computer Science, and Engineering, learn strategies that will help your program begin strong and become sustainable.
GTT & Launch Winning Strategies | Session 4
Launch's four modules per-grade format allow schools a myriad of possibilities. Learn about STEM centered, in-school, and after-school implementation strategies. Also, when it comes to middle school Gateway units have you ever wondered which work best with sixth, seventh, or eighth graders? This workshop will be chock-full of ideas about how to implement PLTW and help you discover what approach will work best in your school!
LMS Success | Session 1
This session will cover how to utilize and navigate the Learning Management system (LMS) with PLTW Curriculum. This session is intended to provide you with additional support to successfully navigate the LMS to ultimately provide you greater success managing your classroom.
Ordering Supplies for PLTW | Session 5
Ordering supplies for your PLTW classes can seem daunting, but come and learn how to make it less painful while making the best use of your time!
Promote, Promote, Promote! | Session 2 | Session 3
PLTW Schools are full of great stories, but they often don't get told. In fact, many communities are not even aware that their schools offer the nation's leading STEM education program. Come learn how to brand, promote, and share the successes of your school or district's PLTW program to bring awareness to the excellent work being done in your classrooms!
STEMsCO & You! | Session 5
Come and learn about the first STEM BOCES, and services like STEM Harmony, that you can take advantage of! This session will provide the tools to enhance your school and district's ability to network with industry professionals and other like-minded individuals within STEM!
Student Recruitment & Involvement | Session 6
Learn student recruitment techniques from two model PLTW schools from the Denver Metro area! You will be exposed to examples of successful student involvement techniques that have proven to work (STEM camps, student stores, etc.). Bring your pen and paper... you'll want to jot down these ideas!
Thinking about CSE or CIM? | Session 5
Computer Science and Software Engineering (CSE) and Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) are dynamic classes that you can add to your Engineering pipeline! Come learn about what each class entails and consider it for your own program. CIM is an awesome class to add that aligns perfectly with the Governor's Blueprint on manufacturing. You may also consider adding CSE as a pathway of its own, with more computer science classes to come. We're sure you'll leave this session wanting to add one of these classes to your existing program!
VEX Tips & Tricks | Session 3
Need a refresher on VEX Robotics? Are you just now starting to implement VEX into your classroom? Enhance your VEX skills by attending this session!

About Project Lead The Way

Colorado Affiliate University for Project Lead The Way Since 2003

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs provides quality PLTW summer training for middle school and high school teachers, ongoing training, and networking opportunities throughout the school year.

The campus also provides college engineering graduate credit opportunities for those middle and high school teachers that participate in summer training, and undergraduate engineering credit opportunities for high school students in PLTW-certified schools.
Visit the information page for high school students »
Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a national program forming partnerships among public schools, higher education institutions and the private sector in order to encourage students to expand upon their knowledge in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).
Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Logo
Through Pre-Engineering courses and Biomedical Sciences in high schools, and an integrated math, science, and technology curriculum in middle schools, the program seeks to provide students with the critical reasoning and problem-solving skills that will help them become successful leaders and to increase the quantity and quality of engineering and science students graduating from our educational system.

Visit Project Lead The Way: www.pltw.org.

Become a PLTW-Certified High School

High schools planning to offer four or more PLTW courses are eligible for certification and may begin the process at the end of the second year of implementation.

To begin the certification process, please refer to the following two documents: