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Access Your 2022-23 PLTW Program Classroom Software

Please use the links below to access the software needed for your PLTW programs. The information below contains software and procedures are intended for classroom installation. Troubleshooting documents are available here.

2022-23 Computer Specifications

Computer Specifications: To ensure you can successfully install and use required software, please use the follow hardware specifications for your program:

2022-23 Allow Lists

  • myPLTW Allow List: To ensure your schools has continuous access to myPLTW, PLTW communications, and other PLTW resources, you should add the following websites to your school’s network allow list. Web addresses and emails on page 1 are required. The IP Address on page 1 can be used as a reference if the web addresses at the top of the page are not sufficient for allowing communications through content filters and firewalls. You will need to work with your IT department to have these added to your allow list.
  • Distance Learning Software: Listed in the document are websites that students and teachers will need to access for Distance Learning activities. Sites that require a login to complete activities will have their own guide with their respective course below.

2022-23 Software Updates

  • Digital Electronics: Digital We're excited to release a new Unit 4 option for Digital Electronics for the 2022-23 school year that introduces new technology. Central to the update is the pi-top platform powered by a Raspberry Pi. With a rugged case and battery, students will be able to program solutions using the relevant Python programming language.
    The current Unit 4 content will remain available for the entire 2022-23 school year for those who have purchased and already have the Arduino and H-bridge (formally part of the IC kit) technology being phased out of the course.
  • VEX V5: While the plan is for VEX V5 to eventually replace the VEX Cortex equipment completely, we have decided the 2022-23 curriculum will include instruction for both the VEX Cortex equipment and the VEX V5 control systems. This is a change from the previously communicated timeline, as the global microchip shortage has caused a delay in production and shipping of new V5 products. Any teachers participating in PLTW Core Training beginning in summer 2021 have and will continue to receive training with VEX V5 platform only. Aerospace Engineering, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Principles of Engineering, and Automation Robotics are courses that are affected by this transition. Teacher guides include update training for all teachers as they transition to the new platform.
  • VEX IQ 2.0: Beginning this summer, VEX will be moving from the original, IQ platform to the VEX IQ 2.0 platform. Changes have been made to the IQ Brain, Batteries, Controllers, Motors, and Sensors. Schools do not need to start updating all their VEX IQ products to VEX IQ 2.0. However, any new kits, or replacements will exclusively using the VEX IQ 2.0 platform.
  • PLTW Engineering: While students can still use their legacy Vernier Sensors with Logger Pro, course updates recommend moving to the newest GoDirect Vernier sensors and Graphical Analysis 4. Graphical Analysis 4 can be used with Mac, PC, Chromebook, Android, and iOS devices.
  • Fusion 360: Fusion 360 now has a feature that allows the teacher to get their students educational access by using a bulk roster upload in the Autodesk Portal. This allows students to get access without uploading a verification letter. The teacher and IT will still need to be verified before getting access to software, or the ability to add students. Students still need an email address to create an Autodesk Account.
  • Virtual Computer Labs: Provide greater access to PLTW software, regardless of platform or device. Using PLTW partner ByteSpeed, you can create a virtual computer lab, making the software necessary for PLTW classes available to all students 24/7, whether they are in the classroom, the library, or at home. Learn more.
  • Review our change log to see information about additional minor software updates.

PLTW Gateway (6-8)

  • Energy and the Environment
    • This course has no required software.
  • Flight and Space
    • This course has no required software.
  • Medical Detectives
    • This course has no required software.
  • Science of Technology
    • This course has no required software.

PLTW Engineering (9-12)

We’re Here to Help

Questions? If you have questions or concerns, the PLTW Solution Center is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 877.335.7589 or [email protected].

Please Note: The Solution Center will close during federal holidays and observations recognized by PLTW. We will notify our network about Solution Center holiday closures when applicable.