This newsletter is a periodic update for PLTW coordinators in the Kansas City metro area.
     News + Updates
           Information for PLTW KC Coordinators
       Wedesday, August 22, 2012

Welcome back!

We're excited to kick off the 2012-2013 school year, and look forward to keeping you up-to-date about Project Lead the Way - Kansas City news and events.

This is the latest edition of PLTW KC News + Updates bulletin for PLTW Coordinators.

Be sure to check out the features below, as they contain some some important reminders.

PLTW Midwest Team

William White is the new PLTW Regional Vice President, Midwest Region. White comes to PLTW from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, where he has served as the Development Director for the College of Engineering for the past two years. As the Director of Development for The Ohio State University’s College of Engineering, White has assisted with recruitment of high school seniors for the program. Prior to this role, White built a successful career in sales and business development. White holds a bachelor’s of science degree in Metallurgical Engineering from The Ohio State University. It was at OSU where White played four years of Division I football, eventually going on to enjoy an 11-year career in the National Football League with the Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons.

Dave Hosick joins PLTW as Director of School Engagement Midwest Team direct from KC STEM Alliance. Most of you know Dave as the IED teacher at the Blue Springs Freshman Center. He is a Master Teacher who brings a wealth of knowledge about both Kansas City and the PLTW curriculum. He can be reached at

Teacher/Counselor Programs

Missouri State PLTW Conference: October 26, 2012, St. Louis, Mo.  Statewide conference for teachers, counselors, administrators and industry partners. Click here to access information on the conference and to register.

Wichita State Counselor Conference: November 6, 2012. Conference runs from 10am - 3pm on WSU Campus.  Contact Karen Reynolds for more information:

Student Programs

UMKC Biology Dept Event: Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012 at UMKC.  Open house and outreach event for Biomed students to meet Biology professors and learn about biological repository science. Download event flyer.

Black & Veatch Explorer Post:  An unique 10 month program that exposes high school students, ages 14 - 19, to the various disciplines of engineering through presentations, hands-on activities, engineering tours and special events. Download flyer. New students interested in participating should attend the First Nighter Event scheduled for August 28, 2012 at Black & Veatch, 11401 Lamar.  Returning members do not need to attend the First Nighter, but should mark their calendars for College Night 2012, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012.

Women In Design Shadow Day: Friday, October 19, 2012. Students are invited to shadow individuals in the design field, including engineering, architecture, interior design and more.  Open to male and female students. For more information and Student Application Form. Deadline to register: Sept. 14, 2012

Perry Initiative Orthopedic Workshop: Saturday, October 20, 2012. Hands-on workshops for girls to explore the careers of engineering and orthopedic surgery through exciting activities and interactions with professionals.  Space is limited. 
Deadline to register:
Oct. 1, 2012. To register:
Perry Initiative  Download event flyer. 

Grants Assessment

Congrats to those who provided summer STEM camps! More than 200 middle school students across the region were turned onto STEM because of your efforts.

PLTW Annual Data Requests were due in July.  This included gender/ethnicity information from 2011-12 and projections for 2012-13.  If you are having problems or have questions, please contact Ann Zimmerman,  Future grant eligibility is contingent on data submission.

Please send PLTW course or staff updates to Ann Zimmerman,

Scholarship Information

KU and Pittsburg State are the newest universities offering scholarships to PLTW students! They join other regional schools including Wichita State, UMKC, Missouri Science & Technology, MU and University of Central Missouri in recognizing incoming PLTW students with scholarships. Regional scholarship information is available on the KC STEM Website. Please check after Sept. 30 for new updates and share this resource with your students.


Be on the look out for an upcoming KC STEM Alliance electronic newsletter that will include local STEM education information, as it relates to its affiliate partners
Project Lead the Way and US FIRST. In addition, you will learn more about upcoming KC STEM Alliance events and STEM news throughout the region.

The KC STEM Alliance is a collaborative network of educators, business partners and affiliates that inspires interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math careers to generate a robust force of related professionals for our community. Learn more...

Teacher Resources Engineering lesson plans  -  Online lectures on a variety of subjects –Info for hosting girls in engineering info nights. Go to Counselors & Parent Section

Student Resources - Engineering career information – Career and scholarship information – Engineering career info targeting girls

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