Funding and Grant Opportunities for NY Schools
In partnership with Verizon Innovative Learning, PLTW is offering eligible middle schools the opportunity to bring computer science education to their students with a $20,000 grant for the implementation of PLTW Gateway computer science units: PLTW App Creators and PLTW Computer Science for Innovators and Makers. These grants, disbursed to each school over a two-year period, will assist in offsetting startup costs associated with implementing the units.
The number of grant awards available are limited, so PLTW encourages schools to submit their application as soon as possible.
Apply By: December 15, 2017
Vistit the PLTW website for more information!
Be Sure to Send Your Grades to RIT for College Credit
If you have not already sent in grades to RIT for your students who qualified for RIT credit from their 2015-2016 courses, please do so immediately. College credit will not be awarded to students without your grade submissions. Please use this grade report template and email it to Deborah Cooper.
Unable to retrieve the scores for your students? Please email the Solution Center, firstname.lastname@example.org. They will assist with score retrieval from the PLTW database.
PLTW Rostering Tips
To grant students access to Courses and their PLTW curriculum, you’ll need to roster them prior to, or at the start of, the school year. For more information on how to roster students for the 2017-18 school year, read the Student Roster Instructions and use the Student Roster Template to prepare your file.
Once students are rostered, teachers should take the following steps to create students’ usernames and passwords for Courses:
- Click My Sites in the menu bar.
- Select the applicable site and rostered class for which you want to add a student.
- Select the student(s) you would like to add to the course. Select All is an option.
- Select Create Courses Account.
- Teachers will receive a pop-up window with the selected students’ usernames and passwords and an option to print. It is important to note that there is no way to retrieve this information again after closing the window. Asterisks next to student usernames indicate that they already have access to Courses, including your course, from a previously uploaded roster.
- Distribute usernames and passwords to students.
Visit the Getting Ready for the New School Year with PLTW FAQ guide for more information about Courses access and password management.
PLTW Summit 2017
The countdown to the PLTW Summit 2017 is underway and we hope to see you in Orlando, October 22 - 25. The PLTW Summit is great opportunity to connect with and learn alongside others who are passionate about empowering students to thrive. For more information or to register, visit PLTW Summit 2017.
NY PLTW at The New York State Fair
This summer, Carolyn Malstrom from PLTW and the RIT PLTW Staff hosted an activity booth for this year’s new STEAM exhibit at the NYS Fair. Both children and adults participated in the “The Build a Paper Bridge Challenge” and raced our VEX IQ robots through a course to the finish line! The two-day record for the Bridge Challenge was 73 cars! A big thank you to Chris and Dee Hurd and Rob Tuttle for helping us staff the booth.
NY PLTW Information Sessions
To provide the best opportunity for you to attend the PLTW Summit 2017 and our state conference, we are excited to offer two NY PLTW Information and Update Sessions this fall! Register now for November 16 in Poughkeepsie, NY or December 6 in Rochester, NY. Visit our website for details!
We are planning full NY PLTW STEM Conference in fall, 2018.
National Manufacturing Day, October 6, 3 – 5 pm
The Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Technology Department (MMET) at RIT is hosting a wine tasting event for high school, charter school and community college contacts. During this program, several manufacturing companies will be presenting on future careers in advanced manufacturing. Companies presenting include, American Packaging Corporation, Bausch and Lomb, Calvary Automation, General Motors, Harris Corporation, Klein Steel, and Schneider Packaging.
For more information, and to register for this event, please contact Jayne Downes, email@example.com or 585-475-5575.
Explore RIT Admissions with our exciting programs for the 2017-2018 school year including RIT Open House!