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Core Training focuses on building awareness and confidence related to STEM education; activity, project, and problem-based learning; the roles of the teacher and student as they relate to instruction; and course-specific STEM content. Core Training is a collaborative, in-person training experience facilitated by PLTW Master Teachers.

Tentative 2018 Core Training Schedule

Dates

Course

Tuition Cost

Room and Board

Commuter Fee

June 11-June 12

Launch Classroom Teacher Training

$500

$350

$75

June 11-June 15

Design and Modeling

$1,300

$750

$250

June 18-June 22

Automation and Robotics

$1,300

$750

$250

July 9-July 20

Computer Science Principles

$2,500

$1,700

$500

July 9-July 20

Engineering Design and Development

$2,500

$1,700

$500

Registration Information

Registration will open in April on the main PLTW. Visit https://www.pltw.org/our-programs/professional-development/core-training for more information and the links to register.

In addition, teachers need to complete the self-paced Readiness Training coursework online before attending course-specific Core Training. Each Readiness Training course will require between two and four hours to complete. Visit my.pltw.org to enroll in these trainings. You must have a myPLTW account in order to access Professional Development.

Cancelation Policy

  • Cancellations received by May 11th, 2018 will receive a full refund.
  • Cancellations received May 12-25th, 2018 will receive a 50% refund.
  • Cancellations received on or after May 26th are non-refundable. 

What’s Included?

Tuition includes access to online course material for the training (including software) and physical course materials excluding a laptop/tablet.

Housing includes hotel accommodations beginning the Sunday before training through the last day of training, transportation between the hotel and the training venue, breakfast each morning including weekends, and lunch on training days. Lunch on weekends and all dinner meals are not included.

The commuter fee includes a parking pass at the training venue and lunch on training days. Lunch on weekends and all dinner meals are not included. 

Training Venue

The Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources is located on the Evansdale Campus of WVU.

395 Evansdale Drive, Morgantown, WV 26506

Hotel Accommodations

Courtyard by Marriott Morgantown, located in University Towne Center

460 Courtyard Street, Morgantown, WV 26501

Accommodations will be provided for you and are included in the room and board fee. Look for an email confirming your reservation after you complete your registration.

Professional Development Credits

Teachers are eligible to receive Professional Development credit from WVU for their participation in any of our training courses. These courses are $71 per credit hour. One week courses count for 3 credits ($213) and two week course count for 4 credits ($284). The application will be sent to teachers after the register for WVU’s training, and will be available on-site.

Professional development credit cannot be counted towards an undergraduate or graduate degree at West Virginia University and are graded Pass/Fail. Participants must have a BA/BS degree in order to enroll for professional development credit.

More information and registration will be available by May 1st. 

Course Descriptions

Launch

PLTW Launch’s 24 interdisciplinary modules empower students to adopt a design-thinking mindset through compelling activities, projects, and problems that build upon each other and relate to the world around them. And as students engage in hands-on activities in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science, they become creative, collaborative problem solvers ready to take on any challenge.

Launch Classroom Training is 2 days. Teachers will develop the conceptual and instructional understanding you'll need to guide students as they engage in cross-disciplinary activities and develop skills related to problem solving, critical and creative thinking, collaboration, and perseverance.

Design and Modeling

Students discover the design process and develop an understanding of the influence of creativity and innovation in their lives. They are then challenged and empowered to use and apply what they’ve learned throughout the unit to design a therapeutic toy for a child who has cerebral palsy.

DM Modeling training is 5 days. Teachers will develop the conceptual and instructional understanding you'll need to guide students as they discover the design process and develop an understanding of the influence of creativity and innovation in their lives.

Automation and Robotics

Students learn about the history and impact of automation and robotics as they explore mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems. Using the VEX Robotics® platform, students apply what they know to design and program traffic lights, robotic arms, and more.

AR training is 5 days. Teachers will develop the conceptual and instructional understanding you'll need to guide students as they explore mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems.

Computer Science Principles

Using Python® as a primary tool, students explore and become inspired by career paths that utilize computing, discover tools that foster creativity and collaboration, and use what they’ve learned to tackle challenges like app development and simulation. This course is endorsed by the College Board, giving students the opportunity to take the AP CSP exam for college credit.

CSP training is 10 days. Teachers will develop the conceptual and instructional understanding you'll need to empower students to discover computer science tools that foster creativity and collaboration, and use what they've learned to tackle challenges like app development and simulation.

*West Virginia Teachers who complete CSP training through PLTW are exempt from AP training for 3 years.

Engineering Design and Development

Students identify a real-world challenge and then research, design, and test a solution, ultimately presenting their unique solutions to a panel of engineers.

EDD training is 10 days. Teachers will develop the conceptual and instructional understanding you'll need to support students as they identify a real-world challenge and then research, design, and test a solution, ultimately presenting their unique solutions to a panel of engineers.

*WVU offers an online add-on course for students enrolled in EDD to earn college credits.