WPI Offering High School Teachers Engineering Curriculum Training Sessions

Project Lead The Way® Names WPI Its Massachusetts State Affiliate

Contact: WPI Media Relations, +1-508-831-5706

WORCESTER, Mass. - May 10, 2005 - Massachusetts middle and high school teachers looking to develop pre-engineering courses and curriculums have some new help - Project Lead The Way® and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. PLTW, a national program aimed at increasing the quality and quantity of engineers, has named WPI its Massachusetts state affiliate in order to provide pre-engineering curriculum training modules for the first time in the Commonwealth beginning this summer.

Offered in over 42 states and the District of Columbia, PTLW introduces students to the scope, rigors and discipline of engineering prior to entering college. A critical component of the program is its comprehensive training model - a four-year sequence of courses ideally suited for the high school years that is disseminated through partnerships among public schools, higher education institutions and the private sector.

WPI is offering two-week teacher training modules beginning, July 24, for two of these course: Introduction to Engineering Design and Digital Electronics. Introduction to Engineering Design teaches problem-solving skills using a design development process. Models of product solutions are created, analyzed and communicated using solid modeling computer design software.

Digital Electronics is a course in applied logic that encompasses the application of electronic circuits and devices. Computer simulation software is used to design and test digital circuitry prior to the actual construction of circuits and devices.

The PLTW curriculum utilizes cutting-edge technology and software requiring specialized training. Ongoing training supports teachers after the two-week module sessions as they implement the program, and provides for continuous improvement of skills. Students benefit from the PLTW program by being able to explore a major career path, and being well prepared for further education in college in the field of engineering or engineering technology. In addition, many students can earn college credit from participating higher education affiliates and partners.

WPI's state affiliation was made possible by a contribution from renowned inventor and WPI graduate Douglas G. Noiles '44, and his wife, Edna.

To register for the teacher training modules at WPI by June 30, visit the registration Web site. For more information about Project Lead The Way, visit the Massachusetts PLTW Web site.

About Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Founded in 1865 as one of the nation's first technological universities, WPI (www.wpi.edu) is renowned for its innovative project-based undergraduate curriculum and global projects program. With 2,770 undergraduates and 1,040 full- and part-time graduate students, WPI offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 30 disciplines in engineering, science and the management of technology. Working in more than 30 research institutes, centers and laboratories, the university's faculty and students are engaged in cutting-edge research in a broad range of fields.