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.
Get Certified in Leading 3-D Design Software Programs From Autodesk
Certiport and Autodesk have teamed with PLTW to expand access to industrial certification. Through the partnership, PLTW students now have access to Certiport’s Autodesk Certified User (ACU) offerings at a discounted rate. For more information on student ACU testing through PLTW, please contact Ally Dinning via email at [email protected] or by phone at (888) 999-9830, ext. 102.
Inspiring Students to Be Technology Entrepreneurs: Register by Feb. 15
Technovation is the global technology entrepreneurship program for girls, with 2,750 alumnae from 28 countries. Middle school and high school students research, design, build, and launch a mobile app prototype over three months, with guidance from dedicated teachers and female mentors who are professionals in STEM and business careers. No prior app development experience is necessary.
The 2015 program begins in January, and the registration deadline is Feb.15. App submissions are due on April 23. The time commitment is about 60 hours over 12 weeks, and the program is completely free. We hope to have you and your students to join us this year! Sign up to get started.
Association for Women in Mathematics
Enrichment for your students! Recognition for your school! The Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) invites students in middle school, high school, and college to participate in the AWM essay contest. Each participant will write an essay based on an interview conducted with a woman in a mathematical career. For more information about the contest (including a printable poster and information on how to be matched with a woman to interview if necessary), please visit the AWM website.
Get Involved in Robotics Competitions!
The 2014-2015 VEX Robotics season is shaping up to be another outstanding year. 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.
Also, 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. With challenges covering CAD design, game design, STEM education and five other areas, there is something for everyone.
$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.
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. 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.
- 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.
- 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.