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Project Lead The Way: Teacher's Information

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 »

About Project Lead The Way

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.

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
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.

SAVE THE DATE FOR:

PLTW Conference 2014
Thursday, September 25, 2014
8:00am - 5:00pm
Embassy Suites
7290 Commerce Center Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80919

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: