PLTW in Kansas
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Wichita State Supports Computer Science in Kansas
In spring 2017, Wichita State University announced a grant opportunity for Kansas schools interested in PLTW Computer Science. PLTW schools committed to implementing PLTW Computer Science in 2017-18 were eligible to apply for a grant to cover the registration cost for Computer Science Principles Core Training at Wichita State in summer 2017.
“We are excited to be able to support efforts to expand computer science education and training in the state of Kansas,” says Jason Bosch, assistant affiliate director for Kansas PLTW Engineering and PLTW Computer Science.
Nine schools each received a $2,400 grant from Wichita State to send their teachers to Core Training in July, which will take place in the brand-new Experiential Engineering Building on Wichita State’s Innovation Campus.
PLTW Ignites Passion for Computer Science
In May 2017, Wichita State University senior computer science major and PLTW alumnus Derek Drew was named the recipient of the inaugural High Touch Patricia Riddle Memorial Scholarship, a $10,000 award given to a junior or senior Wichita State student studying computer science. In his interview with the scholarship selection panel, which included representatives from High Touch Technologies and Wichita State, Derek credited his Principles of Engineering class for igniting his passion for engineering, technology, and computer science.
“The Principles of Engineering class was such a great opportunity to learn about the many fields of engineering, and if I hadn't taken it, I would probably still be an undecided major. I loved how we were able to do hands-on projects and truly get a feel for what we were studying. I'm so grateful to Northeast Magnet High School and all of its teachers for their wonderful instruction and support, especially Mr. Criss, Mrs. McCue, Mr. Wilbert, and Mrs. Deckard.”
Derek is completing an internship this summer with Nestle Purina PetCare Company and has previously worked for the National Institute for Aviation Research.
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College and University Partners
Wichita State University
Wichita State University is the urban university in Kansas. WSU was founded in 1895 as a Congregational institution and now is a public state university and has an enrollment of more than 17,000. Wichita, Kansas, was recently listed as one of the top 10 "big cities" by Money Magazine and also is known as "The Air Capital of the World" due to the high concentration of general aviation companies and their suppliers. Access to these companies in an urban setting enhances the traditional classroom experience by providing students greater opportunities in resources, contacts with business and government leaders, employment, and internships.
The cooperative education program is in the top 10 nationally and is the largest in Kansas. The College of Engineering offers six undergraduate engineering accredited degrees: aerospace engineering, bioengineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, industrial engineering, engineering for manufacture, mechanical engineering. The college also offers six master of science and four doctor of philosophy degrees. Wichita State's reputation is enhanced by the National Institute for Aviation Research, a research center housing multiple opportunities for students interested in engineering, and the new Innovation Campus where students will have access to cutting-edge equipment and research to gain hands-on experience to better prepare students for the workforce.
The University of Kansas
The University of Kansas was founded in 1864 and opened in 1866. The Lawrence Campus offers undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in a wide variety of fields through the Schools of Architecture, Design and Planning; Business, Education, Engineering, Music, Journalism and Mass Communications, Law, Pharmacy, and Social Welfare, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The Medical Center Campus in Kansas City includes Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Health Professions. Enrollment exceeds 27,750 at all campuses, of whom 70 per cent are undergraduates and 35 per cent reside outside the state. KU students represent every Kansas county, every U.S. state, and more than 100 other countries. The University of Kansas is a public, research-extensive university and a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, an organization of 62 public and private research universities that represents excellence in graduate and professional education in the U.S. and Canada. Total extramural funding in FY 2013 was $260.5 million at the Lawrence and Medical Center campuses combined.
Kansas State University
Kansas State University, the nation's first operational land-grant university, is composed of nine academic colleges serving nearly 24,000 students from 50 states and more than 100 countries. Kansas State University is a national leader among public universities in the total number of Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, Goldwater, and Udall prestigious scholarship winners. It is home to more national CASE/Carnegie Professors of the Year than any other public research university in America. The main campus, located in Manhattan, Kansas, is a classic college town with more than 56,000 residents.
The K-State College of Engineering serves the citizens of Kansas, the nation, and the world by providing world-class educational, research, and service programs. It is the largest engineering program in the state, with eight academic departments and more than 150 faculty members. Ranked among the top 100 universities in the country for engineering, its 11 degree programs include architectural engineering, biological systems engineering, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, computer science, construction science, electrical engineering, industrial engineering, and mechanical engineering. Further information on the college and its programs is available at on the K-State College of Engineering website.
Apply for PLTW Grant Opportunities Today!
The PLTW grant program, made possible through generous philanthropic gifts from partners, helps districts and schools across the country start new PLTW programs and expand their existing programs. To be considered for ongoing grant opportunities, PLTW invites you to submit your application today. PLTW accepts applications on a rolling basis, and once you’ve applied, your district or school will be considered for new opportunities as they become available.