ROBOTC is proud to be part of Project Lead the Way’s educational initiatives! From the PLTW website:
PLTW prepares students to be the most innovative and productive leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and to make meaningful, pioneering contributions to our world.
PLTW partners with middle schools and high schools to provide a rigorous, relevant STEM education. Through an engaging, hands-on curriculum, PLTW encourages the development of problem-solving skills, critical thinking, creative and innovative reasoning and a love of learning.
The PLTW middle and high school STEM education programs give students a brighter future by providing them with a foundation and proven path to college and career success in STEM-related fields. STEM education is at the heart of today’s high-tech, high-skill global economy.
In February 2011, PLTW announced that they will be integrating VEX Robotics and ROBOTC into four of their most exciting courses: Gateway to Technology, Principles of Engineering, Computer Integrated Manufacturing and Aerospace Engineering. From the original article:
Another critical key to the VEX® Robotics platform transition is the adoption of a more comprehensive programming software. PLTW is pleased to announce its new partnership with Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Academy, a research based, world leader in educational robotics that prides itself on providing high-quality, education-friendly software and curricular solutions. The Robotics Academy is responsible for the creation of the ROBOTC® programming language and has developed a scaffolded learning continuum that is widely recognized as one of the world’s best solutions to introduce students to programming, an important skill set for students. ROBOTC® software provides students with an industry standard development environment which has been optimized for education. In addition to this high quality programming tool, the Robotics Academy will also provide the PLTW network with an exceptional range of support resources based on educational and industry research and best practice.