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Dean’s Blog guest post: Why Project Lead the Way makes a difference

Susan Lyons has been teaching middle school and high school for 15 years. She works for Pella Community Schools and is a master teacher for Project Lead the Way (PLTW), a program that introduces middle and high school students to STEM curriculum and hands-on experiences. Iowa State University College of Engineering Community Outreach serves in leadership with Iowa PLTW as the affiliate partner. Throughout Lyons’ career, she has looked for ways to engage students in STEM lessons, and she says PLTW is a great way to do just that.

Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council selects Project Lead The Way for 2015-16 Scale-Up Initiative

College of Engineering remains a partner in statewide program dedicated to providing hands-on STEM experience to Iowa’s youth Iowa Project Lead The Way (PLTW) continues to grow its mission in providing relevant teacher development and hands-on curriculum in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to young people throughout K-12 schools. In particular, the organization focuses … Continue reading Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council selects Project Lead The Way for 2015-16 Scale-Up Initiative

An early start to engineering

The community of Mahtomedi, Minnesota, is motivated to prepare students for leadership in the 21st Century. Through its Engineering Leadership Program, the school district builds imagination, creativity, and collaboration into its curriculum by offering engineering classes at all grade levels. And the students there are examples that the passion for engineering can begin as early as preschool. Read about the community in an INNOVATEonline story.

An early start to engineering

Somewhere is a community where ideas about designing, creating, and innovating run rampant. Excited preschoolers explore levers, pulleys, and inclined planes. Elementary students study at least one course unit that is all about engineering. Middle and high school students learn about energy and the environment along with aerospace engineering. Somewhere, it turns out, is situated … Continue reading An early start to engineering