Illinois PLTW School Showcases Feature Gateway and High School Engineering Pathway Classes in Action

Representatives of districts/schools interested in implementing Project Lead The Way Gateway middle school STEM units and/or High School Engineering courses are invited to attend one of three Showcases in early March. Project Lead The Way staff will join students,  teachers, and administrators at schools in Normal and Belvidere in welcoming guests to visit to see PLTW STEM classrooms in action.

To RSVP, please visit

Summary agendas for Showcase days include:

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
George Evans JHS, McLean Unit 5 (Normal) - 2901 Morrissey Drive, Bloomington
8:30 am - 11:30 am
Kathryn Rabolt, Gateway Master Teacher, Hostess

  • Automation and Robotics (8:45 am and 9:30 am) and Design and Modeling (10:30 am) classes in action
  • Info and QA about other middle school Gateway units

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Normal Community HS, McLean Unit 5 (Normal) - 3900 East Raab Road, Normal
9:00 am - 11:30 am
Don Whitman, HS Engineering Master Teacher, Host

  • Principles of Engineering (9:20 am) and Intro to Engineering Design (10:10 am) classes in action
  • Info and QA about other high school Engineering courses

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Belvidere Central Middle School - 8787 Beloit Road, Belvidere
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Belvidere SD 100 administrators and Belvidere Central Gateway Teachers, Hosts

  • Overview presentation (8:30 am)
  • Design and Modeling classroom visits (9:20 am)
  • Automation and Robotics, Medical Detectives, Flight and Space, and Intro to Computer Science classroom visits (10:25 am)
  • QA / Roundtable discussion (11:30 am)

In addition, administrators of schools/districts who have already committed to adding new programs at their schools for 2017-18, are encouraged to attend one of three Orientations, aimed at providing more specifics about participation agreements and specific planning steps for implementation. These are scheduled for March 9 in Naperville, March 10 In Chicago, and April 13 in Champaign.   For more details see Orientation.

For further information or questions, please contact Brenda Pacey, Illinois PLTW Affiliate Director, at or (217) 244-5217.