PLTW Conference 2018

The Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Conference will be held in Colorado Springs this year on April 12-13, 2018. Our keynote speaker will be Steve Spangler (, well-known for his work as a funny and engaging science guy on stage, television and as a YouTube celebrity.

The conference is a professional development conference designed to inform school administrators, teachers, counselors, industry leaders, and others about PLTW programs.

  • Perfect for those familiar with PLTW programs, those just beginning or those curious about PLTW
  • Open to all K-12 STEM Educators and Administrators
  • Connect with PLTW educators and Affiliate Staff
  • Learn about College Dual Credit from UCCS
  • Keep your knowledge up to date with PLTW curriculum updates
  • Gain valuable knowledge to strengthen your courses and programs

We are excited to announce the launch of our PLTW Student Showcase during the conference on April 13th (8am-noon). If you have a student team (Kindergarten-12th grade) that would like to practice sharing their projects, or highlight some of the things they have been doing in class we would love to have them!

PLTW Student Showcase Application

PLTW Conference 2018: Hands-On STEM

PLTW Conference 2018

April 12-13, 2018

  • Day One: 8:00am to 4:00pm
  • Day Two: 8:00am to noon
Colorado Springs Marriott
5580 Tech Center Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80919


Early Bird Registration $99 (payment received by March 15th)
Full Registration $149

 Full Registration

Group Rate: 5 or more attendees, call Valerie Schwinn at 719-255-3498.

Hotel Reservation

Colorado Springs Marriott
5580 Tech Center Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80919

 Colorado Springs Marriott

Group Rate: $134/night
Group Code: UCCS PLTW Conference April 2018
Expires: March 23rd

Tax Exemption: Provide a copy of these forms with your school check payment, or provide at check-in with your company credit card.

City Tax Exempt Form State Tax Exempt Form

Hotel does not provide shuttle service from the Colorado Springs or Denver airports.

Conference Schedule

April 12, 2018: 8:00am to 4:00pm

7:30am Check-In
8:00am-9:15am KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Steve Spangler "BEST DAY EVER"

The Science of Creating Amazing Experiences to Inspire the Next Generation of Scientists & Engineers

Teachers never forget the first day a child runs into their arms and screams, "This was the best day ever!" Sometimes we are left scratching our heads trying to understand why while other times we're forced to stay late to clean up what's left of the shaving cream fight. Best Day Ever isn't just a thing that happens... it's an expression of gratitude for creating experiences filled with wonder, emotion, surprise and meaning. Best Day Ever is also a powerful metaphor that reminds us how to create experiences that connect people of all ages by understanding more about the science of how young children engage and learn. Join Emmy award-winning television host and SPLASH veteran Steve Spangler as he shares some of his latest discoveries on how to create Best Day Ever experiences in both your personal and professional life. Learn how to use principles of engagement and building connections to create powerful experiences that children will remember for a lifetime.

BIO Steve Spangler is the host of the syndicated television series DIY Sci on FOX, and he's a regular guest on Ellen DeGeneres Show where the Burbank fire department is always on stand-by. He's a best-selling author and an Emmy award-winning speaker who will do just about anything it takes to get people excited about science. Whenever we invite Steve to SPLASH, we never know just how he'll turn the stage into his own science playground. Don't blame us if you walk away saying, "Best Day Ever... so far!"

9:30am-10:30am Conference Session 1
10:30am-11:30am Conference Session 2
11:45am-1:00pm Lunch, Networking, Giveaways

Registered attendees have an opportunity to win the following prizes:

  • (2) 20 iPads with cases and charging cases
  • Books on STEM
  • FREE conference registration for next year
  • Materials for classroom
  • Lab coats, Polos, Gift cards and more
1:15pm-2:45pm Roundtable Session - Current Topics, Curriculum and Idea Generation
2:45pm-3:00pm Sweet and Salty Snack/Networking
3:00pm-4:00pm Closing Session - "What PLTW Means to Me?" and "How UCCS is working to engage K-12 students"

April 13, 2018: 8:00am to noon

8:00am-noon Student Showcase - What is going on inside STEM and PLTW courses

STEM Teachers, Community Members, Industry, Family, Faculty, Administration are invited to attend this event FREE of charge.

PLTW Student Showcase

The PLTW Student Showcase is schedule for Friday, April 13th, 8:00am-noon. Student teams from kindergarten to 12th grade are welcome to participate.

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