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Middle and high school teachers learn methods to introduce engineering principals to their students
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Northwestern State University hosted a training workshop for middle and high school teachers implementing Project Lead the Way in their classrooms this fall.  PLTW introduces engineering concepts to youngsters to encourage them to pursue careers in science and technology fields.  Northwestern State is the Louisiana affiliate university for PLTW.  On the front row from left are David Paulis of Dunbar High School in Fort Myers, Fla.; Natalie Lartigue of Belle Chasse Middle School, Stephanie Stanton, administrative assistant in the Department of Engineering Technology and Computer Information Systems; Tracey Martinez of Mandeville Jr. High, Patricia of Boyet Jr. High in Slidell and Master Teacher Brent Blackburn of Centennial Jr. High in Kaysville, Utah.  On the back row are Department of ET and CIS Head Bobby Nowlin, Dr. Phil Brown, director of PLTW at NSU;  Gabe Valdez of Harlingen (Texas) High School;  Mark Schuh of Crystal Lake Middle School in Lakeland, Fla.;  John Morrow of Lusher Charter in New Orleans, Eric Felix of McDonogh #35 in New Orleans and Richard Volberf of Helms Middle School in San Pablo, Calif.
Northwestern State University hosted a training workshop for middle and high school teachers implementing Project Lead the Way in their classrooms this fall. PLTW introduces engineering concepts to youngsters to encourage them to pursue careers in science and technology fields. Northwestern State is the Louisiana affiliate university for PLTW. On the front row from left are David Paulis of Dunbar High School in Fort Myers, Fla.; Natalie Lartigue of Belle Chasse Middle School, Stephanie Stanton, administrative assistant in the Department of Engineering Technology and Computer Information Systems; Tracey Martinez of Mandeville Jr. High, Patricia of Boyet Jr. High in Slidell and Master Teacher Brent Blackburn of Centennial Jr. High in Kaysville, Utah. On the back row are Department of ET and CIS Head Bobby Nowlin, Dr. Phil Brown, director of PLTW at NSU; Gabe Valdez of Harlingen (Texas) High School; Mark Schuh of Crystal Lake Middle School in Lakeland, Fla.; John Morrow of Lusher Charter in New Orleans, Eric Felix of McDonogh #35 in New Orleans and Richard Volberf of Helms Middle School in San Pablo, Calif.
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Teachers who completed Project Lead the Way’s Gateway To Technology-Specialized program at Northwestern State University were, front row from left, Natalie Lartigue of Belle Chasse Middle School, Tracey Martinez of Mandeville Jr. High and Patricia Coy of Boyet Jr. High in Slidell.  On the back row are Eric Felix of McDonogh #35 in New Orleans, Mark Schuh of Crystal Lake Middle School in Lakeland, Fla.; Richard Volberg of Helms Middle School in San Pablo, Calif., and PLTW Master Teacher Brent Blackburn, a teacher at Centennial Jr. High in Kaysville, Utah.
Teachers who completed Project Lead the Way’s Gateway To Technology-Specialized program at Northwestern State University were, front row from left, Natalie Lartigue of Belle Chasse Middle School, Tracey Martinez of Mandeville Jr. High and Patricia Coy of Boyet Jr. High in Slidell. On the back row are Eric Felix of McDonogh #35 in New Orleans, Mark Schuh of Crystal Lake Middle School in Lakeland, Fla.; Richard Volberg of Helms Middle School in San Pablo, Calif., and PLTW Master Teacher Brent Blackburn, a teacher at Centennial Jr. High in Kaysville, Utah.
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Participants who completed training for Project Lead the Way’s high school component, Principles of Engineering, were, from left, David Paulis of Dunbar High School in Fort Myers, Fla.;  Gabe Valdez of Harlingen (Texas) High School and John Morrow of Lusher Charter School in New Orleans.  The two-week training session was held at Northwestern State University, the Louisiana affiliate for the program that introduces engineering to middle and high school students.
Participants who completed training for Project Lead the Way’s high school component, Principles of Engineering, were, from left, David Paulis of Dunbar High School in Fort Myers, Fla.; Gabe Valdez of Harlingen (Texas) High School and John Morrow of Lusher Charter School in New Orleans. The two-week training session was held at Northwestern State University, the Louisiana affiliate for the program that introduces engineering to middle and high school students.
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Middle school and high school teachers from several states and around Louisiana were recognized Friday upon their completion of a two-week training program for Project Lead the Way held at Northwestern State University, Louisiana’s PLTW university affiliate. The training included classroom instruction, projects and team activities to prepare the teachers to implement Project Lead the Way in their classrooms this fall.

Project Lead the Way is a non-profit program designed to introduce engineering principles to middle and high school students. The program integrates math, science and technology in projects that encourage youngsters to pursue careers in science, technology, mathematics and engineering (STEM). Administrators hope the program will help today’s students be productive in domestic and global workforce markets and attract high tech industry to Louisiana.

“What you do for students and how you excite them has an impact in our state and our nation and we thank you,” said Dr. Phil Brown upon presenting each educator a certificate. Brown assistant professor in NSU’s Department of Engineering and Technology and PLTW affiliate director.

Bobby Nowlin, head of Northwestern State’s Department of Engineering Technology and Computer Information Systems, said that the university, which began its PLTW affiliation in 2009, is now enrolling students who participated in Project Lead the Way as middle and high schoolers.

“We’re starting to get students here at Northwestern that were Project Lead the Way students. Here in our department, we can tell that they’ve had training,” he said.

Teachers who completed PLTW’s Gateway To Technology-Basic last year and returned to complete GTT-Specialized were Natalie Lartigue of Belle Chasse Middle School, Tracey Martinez of Mandeville Jr. High, Patricia Coy of Boyet Jr. High in Slidell and Eric Felix of McDonogh #35 in New Orleans. Other completers were Mark Schuh of Crystal Lake Middle School in Lakeland, Fla., and Richard Volberg of Helms Middle School in Clayton, Calif. Their PLTW Master Teacher was Brent Blackburn, a teacher at Centennial Jr. High in Kaysville, Utah. Gateway To Technology is PLTW’s middle school curriculum for grades six through eight.

John Morrow of Lusher Charter School in New Orleans was a return trainee for a component of Principles of Engineering, PLTW’s high school survey class. Other completers were David Paulis of Dunbar High School in Fort Myers, Fla., and Gabe Valdez of Harlingen (Texas) High School.

For more information on Project Lead the Way, visit the organization’s website at www.pltw.org or contact Brown, associate professor in NSU’s Department of Engineering Technology at 357-5026 or e-mail brownp@nsula.edu. You can also visit Northwestern State’s PLTW page at www.pltw.org/northwestern-state-university-louisiana.
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