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Project Lead The Way To Train More Than 400 Teachers


PLTW Courses To Begin In June

This summer, the University of South Carolina’s Project Lead the Way (PLTW) program will train nearly 400 educators to better teach science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) courses across the country. Teachers from across the United States will travel to Columbia to complete their training from May 31-June 26.

 PLTW is a leading provider of STEM education curriculum, and the USC College of Engineering and Computing (CEC) is the organization’s official partner in South Carolina. There are more than 266 active programs in elementary, middle and high schools in the state. PLTW high school students can earn college credit for engineering courses taken in high school.

 There are 31 courses being offered this summer. The teachers will undergo training in areas such as: Principles of Engineering, Energy and the Environment, Human Body Systems, Aerospace Engineering and PLTW Launch (elementary lead teacher training). Courses are taught by Master Teachers appointed by PLTW. Some courses will be co-taught with CEC affiliate professors as well.

 PLTW spark to engage student interest in science, technology, engineering and math and equip them with the skills needed for a brighter future. PLTW uses a hands-on, project-based approach to solve open-ended problems in a real world context. 

 For students who do not plan to pursue engineering and computing after high school, PLTW provides opportunities to develop transferrable skills in critical thinking, collaboration and problem solving, which are relevant for any career.