Project Lead the Way - Core Training Institute

Project Lead the Way - Core Training Institute

Welcome to the PLTW Core Training Institute

This summer (2016), the University of Nebraska – Lincoln will offer a Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Core Training Institute (CTI) for teachers. The CTI will take place on the UNL campus, July 11-22. Four courses will be offered: Introduction to Engineering Design (IED), Principles of Engineering (POE), Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA), and Engineering Design and Development (EDD). Project Lead The Way is the leading provider of rigorous and innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education curricular programs used in middle and high schools across the United States.

Special Announcements

Please Note: If there are less than four registrants in a class, the course will be cancelled.

How to Register for a Core Training session

    Readiness Training
  1. Participant Registers for Readiness Training
  2. Participant receives access to LMS and Readiness Training Course within 1 business day
  3. Participant successfully completes Readiness Training quizzes
  4. Participant receives a Readiness Training Certificate of Completion (pdf) via the LMS. Please print and bring to training. You will need to show that you’ve completed the Readiness Training on the first day of class.
    Core Training
  1. Participant can view and register for Core Training events
  2. Choose appropriate Core Training Event and complete registration.
Readiness and Core Training registration is open to anyone.


Questions or Concerns

For questions or concerns, please contact:
All courses: July 11-22, 2016
University of Nebraska – Lincoln
Nebraska Hall (room to be assigned)
Lincoln, NE 68512

Introduction to Engineering Design (IED):
Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) is designed for 9th or 10th grade students. The major focus of IED is the design process and its application. Through hands-on projects, students apply engineering standards and document their work. Students use industry standard 3D modeling software to help them design solutions to solve proposed problems, document their work using an engineer’s notebook, and communicate solutions to peers and members of the professional community.

Teachers will apply their knowledge of activity-, project, and problem-based learning and STEM education, and they gain confidence with the Introduction to Engineering Design curriculum as they explore activities such as working in teams on a virtual product design challenge, aided by the Autodesk® Inventor® software.
Principles of Engineering (POE):
Principles of Engineering (POE) will engage and challenge students through problems that explore a broad range of engineering topics, including mechanisms, the strength of structures and materials, and automation. Students develop skills in problem solving, research, and design while learning strategies for design process documentation, collaboration, and presentation.

The Principles of Engineering Core Training is 10 days long. Teachers will explore applications of activity-, project, and problem-based learning and STEM education, and they gain confidence with the Principles of Engineering curriculum as they engage in authentic such as machine control design using VEX® Robotics and ROBOTC® software.
Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA):
Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA) will teach students important aspects of building and site design and development. They apply math, science, and standard engineering practices to design both residential and commercial projects and document their work using 3D architecture design software.

The CEA Training is 10 days long. Teachers will explore applications of activity-, project, and problem-based learning and STEM education, and gain confidence with the Civil Engineering and Architecture curriculum as they engage in activities such as affordable housing design using the Autodesk® Revit Architect® software.
Engineering Design and Development (EDD)
The knowledge and skills students acquire throughout PLTW Engineering come together in this EDD capstone design course, as students identify an issue and then research, design, and test a solution, ultimately presenting their solution to a panel of engineers. Students apply the professional skills they have developed to document a design process to standards, completing EDD ready to take on any post-secondary program or career.

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