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Project Lead the Way

Project Lead the Way

Project Lead the Way's Launch program for elementary students is designed to tap into students' innate interests in exploration, discovery, and play.  The Launch Computer Science modules play an important role in the district's K-12 STEM Framework.  Davis School District now has the Launch program in 23 of its elementary schools.   Each school has two specially certified teachers called LEAD teachers who provide assistance and support to the school's classroom teachers.  Click here for a list of LEAD Teachers.

PLTW Schools

  • Bountiful Elementary         
  • Canyon Creek Elementary         
  • Crestview Elementary         
  • Doxey Elementary
  • Eagle Bay Elementary        
  • East Layton Elementary              
  • Ellison Park Elementary      
  • Endeavor Elementary
  • Farmington Elementary      
  • Fremont Elementary                   
  • Foxboro Elementary            
  • Kay's Creek Elementary
  • Kaysville Elementary                          
  • Oak Hills Elementary            
  • Odyssey Elementary
  • Orchard Elementary           
  • Sand Springs Elementary           
  • Snow Horse Elementary      
  • Stewart Elementary
  • Valley View Elementary      
  • Wasatch Elementary                   
  • West Bountiful Elementary         
  • Windridge Elementary

Modules

PLTW Launch has 24 interdisciplinary modules broken into three strands:  Computer science, engineering, and biomedical science.  Each module is designed according to the PLTW model of activities, projects, and problems that build upon each other.  As students engage in carefully scaffolded hands-on activities, they become creative, collaborative problem solvers.

The following resources provide detailed information about the Launch courses and modules:

  • PLTW Launch Modules- a brief description of all Launch Modules
  • Computer Science Modules - a description of modules in the Computer Science Strand
  • Modules Grid  - shows how the modules fit within one of the three pathways:  Computer Science, Engineering, Biomedical Engineering
  • Overview of activities, projects, and problems within each module
  • Standards Alignment -- shows how modules meet the Next Generation Science Standards

For more information please visit

Project Lead the way website  
PLTH Webinar Video

For support for any PLTW related question, please contact the PLTW Solutions Center at 877-335-7589.

Resources

PLTW Credentials

To become a certified PLTW Classroom Teacher:

  • create an account at my.pltw.org and join your school's site
  • register for the event at my.pltw.org
  • complete two prerequisite courses at my.pltw.org
  • complete a 16 hour face-to-face course taught by a certified LEAD Teacher

Note:  The 16 hour course is broken into sections.  The first 12 hours is completed at the school site.  The last section is Grade Level Implementation where teachers work with other teachers from throughout the district in grade level groups to explore and create plans for the first module. 

To become a certified LEAD Teacher: 

  • Complete the 16 hour Classroom Teacher training
  • Implement at least one module in the classroom
  • Complete the 16 hour LEAD Teacher training provided by PLTW Master Teachers.

Davis LEAD Teachers

Each school has two teachers who have completed additional training and have been certified as LEAD Teachers.  Click here for a list of LEAD Teachers in Davis School District.

 

 

Technology Requirements

How To Register for a PLTW Event

Guides to Registration:

How to register for a Classroom Teacher event:  video

How to register for a Classroom Teacher event:  step-by-step guide

Conducting a Training Event

Resources for Conducting a Training Event

Checklist for preparation.

Suggested room layout.

Check list of requirements for teachers who are certifying as a Classroom Teacher.

To become a certified PLTW Classroom Teacher:

  • create an account at my.pltw.org and join your school's site
  • register for the event at my.pltw.org
  • complete two prerequisite courses at my.pltw.org
  • complete a 16 hour face-to-face course taught by a certified LEAD Teacher

Note:  The 16 hour course is broken into sections.  The first 12 hours is completed at the school site.  The last section is Grade Level Implementation where teachers work with other teachers from throughout the district in grade level groups to explore and create plans for the first module. 

To become a certified LEAD Teacher: 

  • Completion of the 16 hour Classroom Teacher training
  • Implement at least one module in the classroom
  • Completion of the 16 hour LEAD Teacher training provided by PLTW Master Teachers.

 

How To Use my.pltw.org

 How-to videos on the following topics:

  • How to Invite Users to a Site
  • How to Request to Join a Site
  • How to Reset Student Passwords
  • How to Roster Students

How to Manage Classes Once They Are Rostered

 

How to Use the PLTW Store

Click here for a helpful video on how to use the PLTW Store:

Click here for the resources offered by the PLTW Store including guidelines for returns, technical specifications, and bills of materials (kit contents.)

Curriculum Resources

Tips and Tricks

Kindergarten

Grade 1

Tip:  With 1st Grade on Activity 1 "Rosie's Runtime," I looked all over for a copy of the colored circles so that the students could have a paper copy to plan out their program before they actually tried it on the circles. The only thing I could find was circles with 4 of each color and not the 6 that we have. It also had orange and purple, which those colors do not come in our kit. The way I solved it was to find one of the examples and take a picture of it on the computer with my iPhone, e-mail it to myself, and then print it out.

Grade 2

Grade 3

Tip: The very first activity is challenging and may require more direct instruction. The suggestion was made to do it as a class and then give more freedom on the following activities

Question: When starting Hopscotch, do students need to create an account?

Answer: This question resulted in several possible solutions:

1)  Students will not need to create an account. Your teachers will need to create one however. At that point, your students can use that account to log into the app. Once a device is logged into the app, Hopscotch keeps them logged in until told to log out.

2)  They don’t need to create a username for each student. They can make a fake student in their list and give that student a username and password that all of the students can use to log into PLTW so access the instructions.

3)  I had my students just put in their dsd login and password. As long as they type it correctly it works great. So all their usernames and passwords are the exact same logins as the ones used to log into a school computer.

 

 

Grade 4

Grade 5

Some of the apps that are listed for the 5th grade Robotics Module are not compatible with the I-pad version IOS 11.  Here are suggestions for working around this problem:

1.  Have students google "autonomous robots" and conduct research that way. This allows students to see other applications of how autonomous robots are really used. For the AutoDesk Inventor, access the program called "Fusion 360" which is web based.  The link to Fusion 360 is right in the module in the student view.

2.  I found this article and checked out these websites ...they are safe for kids, and fun for adults 😊. They have a lot of robotic research and information that the 5th grade module could use:  https://www.thespruce.com/top-science-websites-for-kids-1259286

Grade 6

Question:  Can you clarify the progression of module instruction for 5th and 6th grade? It is my understanding that 5th grade should be teaching the first robotics module this year, and that 6th grade would do that one, as well as the Challenge module this year. Then, next year, 5th grade would still just do the first module, and 6th grade would just do the Challenge module. Is that your understanding of the plan?

Answer:   For the most part, yes. It is not mandatory for 6th grade to do both 5.1 and 5.2 the first year although several schools have reported doing so.