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.

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:

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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