Every day, PLTW students apply science, technology, engineering, and math to solve real-world problems. Outside the classroom, PLTW students use the same knowledge and skills in competitions or student organization activities – they bring designs to life, compete for recognition or scholarships, and just have fun. View a few of the opportunities PLTW’s partners offer.
Free Carnegie Mellon Robotics Summer of Learning Course Open to All PLTW Students and Teachers
Carnegie Mellon University is offering its annual Robotics Summer of Learning course. Participants in the course will receive free access to ROBOTC’s new Graphical Programming Interface, Robot Virtual World software, the new VEX Skyrise and VEX IQ Highrise virtual competitions, and the opportunity to earn a Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy Programming Certification. The course will be led by a live instructor and is free to all PLTW students and teachers. Course participants can log in and complete the courses at their own pace throughout the summer. Registration for the course is now open, but hurry as there are a limited amount of spots open!
Intelitek's Robotics Scholar Contest
Students can share their success stories using the Intelitek SCORBOT-ER robotic arm by entering the Intelitek Robotics Scholar Contest, where the winner could walk away with $1,500! Students create a maximum 6-minute video showing what they have accomplished with any SCORBOT-ER robot, highlighting accomplishments in programming, applications, and other creative solutions. More details can be found at here. Deadline to enter is December 31, 2014.
TEAMS Offers a Creative Opportunity for Colleges/Universities to Reach Top STEM Students
PLTW College/University Affiliates have a distinct opportunity to be recognized by a uniquely qualified college-bound student prospect pool – Become a Collegiate Host Site for TEAMS.
TEAMS: Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science is a theme-based competition for middle and high school students managed by the Technology Student Association (TSA). Each year, more than 10,000 students across the country compete for division, local, and national awards.
Student Recruitment Opportunity TEAMS offers your college or university a hands-on recruitment opportunity. There is no fee to become a Collegiate Host Site. Many use TEAMS day as an open house activity, or supplement it with lunch, campus tour, guest speaker, or their own recognition program. Others use it as a community outreach tool.
Through multiple choice and essay questions, TEAMS provides real-world exposure to the engineering profession. The competition’s scenarios challenge participants to collaboratively address questions that bridge classroom study in science and math with contemporary engineering problems.
Turn-key program TEAMS is a turn-key opportunity. Collegiate Host Sites need only to recruit local middle and/or high schools to visit your campus to compete. Collegiate Host Sites also choose the day to host the competition between February 9 and March 21, 2015. TSA sends host sites the competition materials, printed and ready for distribution; provides promotional literature to help with your recruitment; and manages all registrations and fees.
Get the Facts Join more than 60 colleges and universities nationwide as a TEAMS Collegiate Host Site. Request a TEAMS Collegiate Hosts Fact Sheet here. Host sites are being recruited for 2015 now. Contact Sandy Honour, program manager, for more information ([email protected] or 888-860-9010) or to add your institution to the list of 2015 TEAMS Collegiate Host Sites.
$1.5 Million in Scholarships Available from the REC Foundation
The Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation is pleased to offer over $1.5 million in scholarship opportunities to qualified students. Eighty-one scholarships from colleges and universities around the country are available. Find one today and encourage your students to continue their education and pursuit of careers in STEM.
Get Involved in Robotics Competitions!
Visit www.robotevents.com operated by the Robotics Education and Competition Foundation (REC) for information on hundreds of competitions across different programs, including VEX IQ, VEX Robotics Competition (VRC), and VEX U.
Check out the REC Foundation Online Challenges, which give students a chance to show off their work, win prizes, and even get a chance to compete at the VEX Robotics Competition World Championship.