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Event: Project Lead the Way National Innovation Summit

Innovation SummitOn October 20-22, Project Lead the Way hosts its first annual National Innovation Summit, which it hopes will engage, inspire, and re-energize STEM education. Assembling innovative thinkers inside and outside STEM education, the summit will explore topics such as technology tools and training, the importance of competitions, and nanomedicine. Cost: $425 Full registration, $350 early registration.

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AP Credit for Project Lead the Way

PLTW StudentProject Lead the Way (PLTW), a national, highly-regarded engineering program for high schools, was recently given a status upgrade by a suburban Chicago school district. Henceforth, all PLTW courses within Oswego’s two high schools will be given equal weight with Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Oswego schools adopted the PLTW program six years ago, but the engineering courses only had the status of any other elective.

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Pet Peeves Inspire Design

Baggage at an Airport“Don’t you hate it when … ?” Sharon Tomski, who teaches a senior design class at Milwaukee’s Saint Thomas More High School, uses that everyday phrase to inspire her students to invent things. It works.

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Elementary School to Offer Engineering

The Derby school district, near Wichita, Kansas, will lead the nation by being the first to offer the engineering classes at an elementary school.

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