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IEEE Oregon Education Society - Project Lead the Way (PLTW) & the University

Portland State University Fourth Avenue Building (FAB)
1900 SW 4th Ave.
Portland, OR 97201, US (map)


The Oregon IEEE Education Society Chapter is planning two evening meetings over the next few weeks:

Date: Wednesday 10th November, 6-8pm Topic: Project Lead the Way (PLTW) & the University


ECE Department Conference Room (FAB-155)
4th Avenue Building (1900 SW 4th Avenue)
Portland State University

and (TBD) at OIT (Klamath Falls) and OSU, as required.

Both programs will be run using DimDim for remote site participation. DimDim is the Oregon IEEE Section's system for on-line meetings. For details of DimDim participation, contact [email protected].


PLTW is a national initiative to develop enthusiasm for engineering careers by experiential learning in middle and high school programs. There some impressive statistics of nationwide successes, with seven Oregon schools currently certified and more on the way. But what comes next? Can we as tertiary engineering educators maintain the momentum that PLTW creates, or will this new enthusiastic cohort be disappointed by their experience in university engineering programs.

The evening will first provide an introduction to PLTW .... what is it, and how is it developing nationwide and here in Oregon? (Claude Kansaku, OIT Klamath Falls)? This will be followed by examples of high school PLTW activities (Tom Thompson, ODE), some observations of PLTW alums at university (TBD), and general discussion of (a) how tertiary engineering programs can take advantage of these developments, and (b) keep these students interested.

Agenda: 6.00-6.30pm Refreshments and Social (pizza/soda) 6.30-8.00pm Technical program

Location: Room: ECE Department Conference Room FAB-155 Bldg: Portland State University 4th Avenue Building (1900 SW 4th Avenue) Portland, Oregon 97207