The Gateway Academy workshop aims to ignite an interest in STEM topics for students entering grades 5–8. Incorporating PLTW’s project-based, hands-on approach to STEM learning, Gateway Academy includes both individual and team activities and projects that allow students to use the latest technology for problem solving.
Interested in hosting a Gateway Academy?
Any high school or middle school that offers PLTW Engineering or PLTW Gateway may host a Gateway Academy. Gateway Academy content is taught by a trained PLTW Engineering or Gateway teacher and requires access to some of the materials, equipment, and software used in PLTW programs. If you wish to host a workshop outside these parameters please email [email protected].
Schools have the flexibility to run as many Gateway Academy workshops as they wish, as long they have a trained teacher from PLTW Engineering or PLTW Gateway to run the workshops. Gateway Academy workshops are flexible, but typically run one to two weeks.
The length and content choices for a Gateway Academy are up to the host, but as an example, approximate cost to deliver a one-week Gateway Academy is $500 to $700 of consumable materials. This cost can change based on the use of software, equipment, and materials available at the host site. Additionally, PLTW recommends that the host consider compensating the lead teacher and an additional instructor or a volunteer to assist, if funding allows.
Schools may opt to charge students a fee to participate in a Gateway Academy, or seek sponsorships from local companies and other organizations.
Online registration for the 2014 Gateway Academy curriculum is now available.
The curriculum will be available on April 15, 2014. Registration forms submitted on or after April 15 may take up to three business days to process.
PLTW and SME Partnership
Gateway Academy combines the efforts of two of our nation's most outstanding educational organizations, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Education Foundation (SME-EF) and PLTW. The SME Education Foundation is committed to inspiring, preparing, and supporting the next generation of manufacturing engineers and technologists for the advancement of manufacturing education. Created by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers in 1979, the SME Education Foundation has provided more than $31 million since 1980 in grants, scholarships, and awards through its partnerships with corporations, organizations, foundations, and individual donors. Visit SME Education Foundation at www.smeef.org.