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IUPUI to host Project Lead The Way exhibition for high school engineers


April 24, 2012

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  • Diane Brown
    IU Communications
  • Jamie Olson, Westcomm

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In a state that is growing in recognition as an engineering and technology hotbed, local entities are teaming up to make sure Hoosier high school students have the opportunities they need to rise to the top in the increasingly-competitive fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

This year for the very first time, high school Project Lead the Way (PLTW) teams from central Indiana and Ohio will travel to IUPUI on Wednesday, April 25, to exhibit the results of their hands-on project work.

“We’re excited to see what these students have come up with” said David Russomanno, Dean of the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI. “It’s great to have their energy and enthusiasm on campus, and to provide a place to help foster innovation, grow presentation skills and cast a vision for their post-high school success.”

Throughout the year, high school teams have been working on student-designed, investigative projects—everything from robots to self-made breath analyzers to a claw crane vending machine. In February, one local PLTW team was asked to travel to the White House to present its innovative project prototype to President Obama.

“Our students need experience-based programs like this to capture their interest, show them what they can do, and give them a realistic picture of the work it will take to accomplish their dreams,” said Greenfield High School PLTW Teacher Rebecca Schini, organizer of Wednesday’s exhibition event. “As a teacher, I’m incredibly thankful to have the support and resources of Project Lead the Way, IUPUI and others who are really opening up opportunities for our students to excel.”

Project Lead The Way is the leading provider of rigorous, innovative, hands-on STEM education curricular programs used in middle and high schools for more than 400,000 students across all fifty states. PLTW recently moved its headquarters from New York to Indiana to better accomplish its mission, including providing support to more than 350 Hoosier middle and high school programs.

The Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI has been a longtime supporter of the PLTW program, hosting hundreds of Hoosier high school students each year for a PLTW conference, including interactive workshops and presentations from engineering legends like Astronaut David Wolf.

The School also hosts numerous high school summer engineering camps and facilitates a large mentoring/tutoring program within the IPS system. To find out more, contact Terri Talbert-Hatch at