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Project Lead The Way: A Pre Engineering Secondary School Curriculum

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.816.1 - 6.816.9



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Guy Johnson

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Session 2586

Project Lead The Way® A Pre-engineering Secondary School Curriculum

Prof. Guy Johnson Rochester Institute of Technology

Abstract Project Lead The Way® (PLTW) is a nonprofit corporation that developed a national program forming partnerships among public schools, higher education institutions and the private sector to increase the quantity and quality of engineers and engineering technologists graduating from our educational system. The Rochester Institute of Technology has joined in a partnership with PLTW by establishing the National Technology Training Center to work on the professional development of new and existing teachers in schools that have adopted the PLTW curriculum.

PLTW has developed a four year sequence of high school courses which, when combined with traditional mathematics and science courses, introduces students to the scope, rigor and discipline of engineering and engineering technology prior to entering college. The courses are Introduction to Engineering Design, Digital Electronics, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Principles of Engineering, and Engineering Design and Development. A Middle School course (Grades 6-8), called Gateway to Technology, was developed on RIT's campus in July 1998, and is currently operating in schools in New York State. Introduction at this level will attract more students to engineering and engineering technology, and will allow students, while still in high school, to determine if engineering is the career they desire. The PLTW graduate will be better prepared for college programs and more likely to be successful, thus reducing the attrition rate in these college programs, which currently exceeds 50% nationally.

Proceedings of the 2001 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright  2001, American Society for Engineering Education

Johnson, G. (2001, June), Project Lead The Way: A Pre Engineering Secondary School Curriculum Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 10.18260/1-2--9688

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