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Design Challenge:

Create a device that offers the highest mechanical advantage.

PLTW offers:
Application based learning
Focus on higher order thinking skills
problem solving, critical thinking, reflective writing pieces
Organized course sequence leading to mastery learning
Connects teachers to vast network of resources

Welcome to a community of educators, policy makers, and business leaders

What makes this program unique?

The PLTW Advantage

Middle School Years:
Gateway To Technology

Source PayScale.com/WSJ survey
1Walker, Joe. “Engineering Grads Earn the Most.” March 12, 2010. The Wall Street Journal

Note: Survey of about 11,000 respondents conducted between April and June of people who graduated between 1999 and 2010. Pay includes salary, bonuses, commissions, and profit-sharing, and is adjusted to be in 2010 dollars. Respondents were in a set of jobs deemed satisfying, well-paid and with growth potential.

Publishing Your Work:
Creating a Digital Portfolio with a Website

PLTW ™ College Credit
Principles of Engineering™
Screen shot of Student Curriculum

Building & Prototyping
Review design process

Students create a solution to a problem-leading them to creating a MAGLEV vehicle.

Students go through design process, plan virtually what they want to build, then build it in the fabrication lab.

Students learn safe practices when using tools and how to use different tools etc.

Principals of Design & Modeling
Review of Orthographic Drawings

Review of Inventor

Build structures with wooden cubes

Design the pieces on inventor and recreate same structures

Energy & The Environment
Students Learn about Energy & Alternative Resources

Students work on Solving environmental issues creating Posters, Videos or Web pages

Units of Study

Automated Mechanical Systems
Students use Inventor to design their Solution to assigned problems

Students work in teams to complete the design process

Students Build, Wire, Program, Test and Present

Transition students into PLTW 2

Review Design Process

Review Team Work/Collaboration

Students Complete Technological Artifact Project

Intro to Engineering

Discuss Engineering careers

Speakers come into the classroom to present

Students create engineering careers brochure

Measurement Activities

Using Design and modeling of various projects

Units of Study

All Students grades 6-8 are required to take PLTW each year (20 week course)

The PLTW design process meshes with the IB design cycle

PLTW meets the METS, and NETS

Also Aligns with Science Standards,

Engineering Notebook is a Key element in all PLTW classes

About The PLTW Process

High School Courses- Began in fall 2009 with Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) and then moved in subsequent years to Principals of Engineering (POE) and Digital Electronics (DE).

In fall of 2011, we began implementing Early College coursework in Engineering through Lawrence Technological University (LTU) on our campus. Only offered for 11th, 12th graders, regardless of prior engineering coursework. In 2012-13, we began offering coursework through Kettering University and Rochester College as extensions to our PLTW offerings on our campus.

High School Courses
Pathway to Engineering
History of PLTW in Oxford

One middle school, 1150 students

One high school, 1550 students

Began implementing middle school program in 2009, mandatory for all grades 6,7,8 (implementing one year at a time as the grade moved up).

PLTW Instruction and Transitions
Oxford Community Schools

Promoting your program at the Middle School

MS courses promote awareness for HS enrollment
Presenting to 8th graders in their classroom
Letter invites from 8th grade teacher recommendation
Parent night presentation
Middle School to High School Transition:
Inventor software for students
cooperative learning opportunities
Autodesk instruction tutorials
Juniors and seniors will pick up material faster

High School to College Transition:
Partnership with Kettering
Lawrence Tech Dual Enrollment
College credit from PLTW affiliates

Curriculum Aligned with:
National Science Education Standards
Principles and Standards for School Mathematics
Standards for the English Language Arts
Standards for Technological Literacy
NEW this Year – Interactive Search

PLTW™ Curriculum Alignment

PLTW ™ Virtual Academy
Resources for educators

Curriculum downloads
Software downloads
Forums for peer to peer sharing
Supplemental resources
Purchasing documents
Universal assessment for college credit

Design & Fabrication
Culminating assignment goes through the design process

Students create pinewood, compressed air dragsters for a class wide competition.

Mechanical Systems
Review of Inventor

Students build and gain an understanding of Mechanical Systems and how they are used in their daily lives

Students complete the design process

Students work to create a Presentation of their choice (PowerPoint, Prezi, Xtranormal, Poster, Video) on various Robotic systems

Design Process
Students create a Table out of Newspaper

Complete the PLTW & IB Design Process

What is Technology
Identify uses of technology

Impacts of technology

Unique Program Features

Robotics in 2012 offered to students as a semester course in OCCRA, including regional competitions.

In May 2013, we will expanded offerings Engineering Graphics coursework through Kettering University, with IED as a pre-requisite.

Design and Modeling, The Science of Technology– Grade 6

The Science of Technology, Automation and Robotics, Energy and the Environment, and Design and Modeling –Grade 7

Design and Modeling, The Science of Technology, Flight and Space- Grade 8


Application Based Instruction:

Students film controller driven compound machine.

Add narration and title slides to explain concepts.
Publishing Your Work:
Marble sorter video on YouTube

Introduction to Engineering Design™
Middle School to High School
Articulation and Best Instructional Practices

Oxford Schools
Middle School Courses:
Gateway to Technology Units:
6th Grade
7th Grade
8th Grade
High School Courses
High School Years:
Pathway to Engineering

Units of Study
Principles of Engineering™
Digital Electronics™
Computer Integrated Manufacturing™
9th Grade

10th Grade

11th Grade

12th Grade
Course Topics
Simple Machines
Energy and Power
Materials and Structures
Machine Control Systems
Programming syntax
Fluid Power

Course Topics:
Principles of Manufacturing
System Process Flow
Automated Control
Design Considerations in Manufacturing
Robotic Simulation and Physical Testing
Pneumatic Systems
Manufacturing Processes and Machines

PLTW Resources
Best Practices
Product Design Cycle
Course Topics
• Design Process
• Technical Sketching and Drawing
• Engineering Documentation and Drawing Standards
• Measurement and Statistical Analysis
• Applied Geometry
• 3D CAD Solid Modeling
• Reverse Engineering
• Product Design
• Engineering Ethics
• Virtual Design Teams
• Presentation Design and Delivery

PLTW ™ Summer Training
$3,500 / 2 week course

Our articulations agreements from PLTW detailed outlines and standards alignments
over 50 colleges nationwide
Learning Management System
Project descriptions

Data Driven Solutions
PLTW students succeed because…

• PLTW alumni are studying engineering and technology at five to ten times the average rate of all students.

• PLTW students have a higher retention rate in college engineering, science, and related programs than other
students in those areas.

• 97% of PLTW seniors intend to pursue a four-year degree or higher, whereas the national average is 67%.

• 80% of PLTW seniors say they will study engineering, technology, or computer science in college, whereas the
national average is 32%.

• PLTW students achieve significantly higher scores in reading, mathematics, and science than Career and
Technical Education (CTE) students in the same schools in similar CTE fields.
Student Samples Using Inventor
Promoting a College Major That Pays You Back
FIRST = For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology
The Oxford Robo Cats (TORC)
Students design and build a competition robot
Placed 7th in division at World World World Championship
Large scholarships $$$

FIRST Robotics
FIRST = For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology
The Oxford Robo Cats (TORC)
Large scholarships $$$
Introductory level
Game like learning environment
Increases Program Awareness

Underwater Robotics Course
Student Centered Build
Gateway Program
64 students
FIRST Robotics student increase
Robotics Course
Student design, build, and program robots for tennis ball challenge

Combinational and sequential logic design
Basic Stamp Robotic Programming
Apply circuit design with VEX components
Toll Booth Arm
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