Introduction to Engineering Design (IED)

July 9 – 20, 2018 at University of Illinois at Chicago

Science and Engineering Lab East (SELE) (950 S. Halsted, Chicago, IL)

Registration Invoicing/Cancellation Policy

  • $2,400 per teacher for two-week HS sessions. (schools will be billed)

Registered teachers (and district Program Coordinators) will receive an “Invoice Authorization” email form to return to Illinois PLTW to confirm electronic invoicing contact information for your school/district. Optional parking pass fees will be included in invoicing.

Cancellation fees:
-Two-week sessions --$250 for cancellations up to 3 weeks prior to start of a session, and $500 after that.

CTI Schedules and Meals

  • Two-week  (80 contact hours) High School Engineering sessions will begin on Monday morning (7 am registration and 8 am prompt start time), with an optional July 8, 2018 Sunday early evening welcome dinner, informal networking, and technology check-in orientation. Daily Monday-Friday classes run from 8 am to 5 pm (with some evening study sessions). Registration cost includes opening Sunday dinner, M-F lunches, and 2 extra dinners. Snacks, beverages provided.

Specific CTI session classroom building/room assignments will be provided in advance, along with driving and arrival day direction updates.


Housing reservations/payment for the July 9 - 20 High School IED and POE courses at University of Illinois at Chicago should be made DIRECTLY online or via phone, before deadline indicated, mentioning specific PLTW block as listed below:

Chicago Marriott at Medical District Deadline: 6/18 (one or two beds; nightly rates of $229 plus 17.4% tax);
625 S. Ashland Avenue, Chicago, IL 60607
Reservation Direct Line - 312-529-6001, ask for Tania or Desni
Free internet, fitness center, 25% restaurant discount.

Group name:  PLTW Summer Training Block 1 JUL2018
Online booking: PLTW Summer Training Block 1 JUL2018
Group booking code: PTB


Note: Marriott is located one mile from PLTW classrooms (periodic complimentary shuttle from hotel to PLTW classroom building at corner of Taylor and Halsted and anywhere in 1.5 radius of the hotel).
Note: Optional $45.00 daily valet parking at Marriott (special rate applied upon arrival)
Note: Campus Parking Garage Pass is optional ($74.00 for two-week CTI sessions); passes are good for two parking garages, one which is located three blocks from the Marriott hotel and one which is located one block from PLTW classrooms at corner of Taylor and Halsted. In addition to commuter use, some attendees use these garages instead of hotel valet parking.

University of Illinois at Chicago CTI Map--

University of Illinois at Chicago Hotel/Parking Map -

Advance Planning and Communication

  • Teachers MUST bring a laptop meeting technical specifications, along with any other course-specific technology devices. Appropriate course-specific software must be loaded prior to arrival at CTI training.
  • Teachers MUST complete online Readiness modules prior to arrival to CTI sessions (access is provided as part of CTI online registration).
  • Registered teachers will receive frequent emails from University of Illinois PLTW prior to specific CTI sessions, providing classroom building/room assignments, driving and arrival day directions.

Continuing Education Recognition and optional Additional Graduate Credit Opportunity

  • Illinois teachers are eligible to receive up to 80 PDH's (Professional Development Hours) professional development recognition for participation in two-week Summer Core Training Institutes, 40 PDH's for one-week Summer Core Training Institutes, 24 PDH's for three-day Summer Core Training Institutes, and 16 PDH's for two-day Summer Core Training Institutes. Contact hour documentation will be provided for teachers from other states.
  • Graduate credit is available for additional PLTW-related Fall 2018 action research coursework and tuition payment. Online registration for the course opens June, 2018 (course details to be posted in April).

For further information about Summer 2018 CTI offerings, contact University of Illinois Affiliate Director Brenda Pacey ( or (217) 244-5217