Summer 2019 Camps for HS Students at U of Illinois at Chicago and U of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (more)

Congratulations to 2018 Technology Education Association of Illinois (TEAI) Award recipients recognized at the November 2-3 ITEC Conference, (more)

Spring 2018 PLTW Student project expo events around the state (more)

Summer 2018 Core Training Institutes (See photos)

2017-2018 IED Curriculum Revision Workshops reached 130 teachers from 60 Illinois High Schools (more)

More than 300 attended January 2018 Illinois PLTW Conference and Workshop Days (more)

More than 50 Illinois teachers, administrators, counselors and business partners attended the October 22-25, 2017 national PLTW Summit in Orlando, Florida (more)

Congratulations to 2017 Technology Education Association of Illinois (TEAI) Award Recipients recognized at the October 27-28, 2017 Statewide ITEC Conference (more))

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Illinois PLTW Programs - 15 Years and Still Growing in 2018-19

Since 2004, the University of Illinois and the Illinois State Board of Education have collaborated with national Project Lead The Way and other educational, business/industry, and organizations to support efforts of Illinois PLTW schools. In 2018-19, as Illinois K-12 PLTW programs enter their fifteenth year of implementation, snapshot historical overviews provide a summary picture of the impact of this collaborative STEM education effort across the state. (more)

Illinois has grown from 12 High Schools in 2004-05 to more than 443 Schools across 215 Districts, and 532 programs in 2018-19 (more)

Student participation continues to increase (28,000 Gateway students in 2013-14; more than 17,000 high school Engineering, Biomed, and CS students in 2017-18) Illinois PLTW high school enrollments reflect 73% male and 27% female participation (more)

Hundreds of Illinois teachers have trained in one or more courses/units, with 1120 currently active teachers in 2018-19 (more)

From 2005 through 2018, more than 2,000 teachers attended 164 Core Training Institutes at U of Illinois Chicago and U of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (more)

*Numbers of PLTW alumni admitted as freshmen and transfer students at UIC and UIUC Colleges of Engineering continue to increase:

  • Fall 2013 - 16% of entering freshmen on both UIC and UIUC College of Engineering campuses;
  • Fall 2017 - over 20% of entering freshmen in UIC College of Engineering were PLTW alums
  • Fall 2018 UIUC College of Engineering transfer admissions class is made up of 29% PLTW alumni, with strong representation from the Engineering Pathways community college partnership program
  • Fall 2018 UIUC College of Engineering freshman class - Ten (10) of the top fifteen (15) "feeder high schools" are PLTW schools and 48% of ALL of the 269 new freshmen from these 15 schools are PLTW students; and 70% of the new freshmen coming from the top 10 PLTW program feeder schools had completed one or more PLTW courses in high school.

Over the years, U of Illinois PLTW has coordinated 13 annual Counselor/Administrator Conferences and more than 90 curriculum workshops and regional roundtables; initiated 40 Orientations for administrators of new PLTW programs; led more than 80 high school onsite program consulting Certification visits; and provided ongoing consulting assistance to member schools. (more)

Project Lead The Way is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for K-12 students and teachers across the U.S. PLTW creates an engaging environment and empowers students to develop in-demand knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in an evolving world. Through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science, K-12 students learn problem-solving strategies, critical and creative thinking, and how to communicate and collaborate. Students apply knowledge from a variety of disciplines as they engage in hands-on activities, projects, and problems reflective of real-world scenarios and careers. PLTW is shaping the innovators, creators, and designers of today and tomorrow.


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