NFL star to address importance of education at PLTW Summit

INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 28, 2015) – Baltimore Ravens guard John Urschel, an accomplished mathematician, will deliver a keynote address on the importance of early exposure to math and science education at Project Lead The Way’s PLTW Summit 2016, the group announced today.

Registration opened today for the conference, which will take place March 20-23, 2016, in Indianapolis.

The PLTW Summit will bring together more than 1,500 guests from education, government and business sectors who are committed to empowering students to thrive in an evolving world.

“The PLTW Summit is a wonderful opportunity for teachers, administrators and business leaders to discuss how we can best prepare students for the in-demand jobs of today and tomorrow,” said Dr. Vince Bertram, PLTW president and CEO. “PLTW Summit 2016 is already shaping up to be the biggest and best yet, with a fantastic lineup of speakers and panels that will inspire, engage and empower attendees.”

Project Lead The Way is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for K-12 students and teachers across the U.S. through pathways in computer science, engineering and biomedical science.

Urschel is in his second season as an offensive guard for the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens. An outspoken proponent of math and science education for all students, he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics from Penn State University, where he played college football, and co-authored a paper published this year in the Journal of Computational Mathematics. Urschel writes a column for The Players’ Tribune — an online sports journal founded by retired New York Yankees’ future Hall of Fame shortstop Derek Jeter — called “Math Meets Football,” where he analyzes advanced statistics. Find him on Twitter at @JohnCUrschel.

About PLTW
Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for K-12 students and teachers across the U.S. Through pathways in computer science, engineering and biomedical science, PLTW empowers students to develop in-demand knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in an evolving world, and provides teachers with the support and resources they need to devote more time to inspiring students. PLTW programs can be found in more than 8,000 elementary, middle and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. For more information on Project Lead The Way, visit pltw.org.

Media Contact:
Jennifer Cahill
PLTW Senior Director of Media and Public Relations
(317) 669-0871
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