College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota
College of Science and Engineering

Project Lead The Way

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Project Lead The Way (PLTW) works with schools across the country to prepare a larger and more diverse group of students to be successful in engineering and engineering technology programs.

PLTW Core Training Institute 2014

University of Minnesota

You MUST complete the pre-course modules prior to your arrival. You should have received information from the National PLTW office regarding these mandatory pre-course modules. Completing the assignments is the only way to be sure you have all of the required software needed for the training on the laptop you will be bringing with you to the training session.

Please see the resources section for additional information on housing, dining, parking, and equipment.

Schedule and Cost Estimates

Check-in: Sunday, June 15, 2014 after 1 p.m.
Check-out: Friday, June 20 by 11 a.m. or June 27, 2014 by 11 a.m.

Class room and work time 8 a.m.–7 p.m. daily.

Housing registration deadline and cancelation deadline is May 23, 2014. A $500 late cancelation charge will be billed to school districts for withdrawals after this date.

2014 University of Minnesota Course Offerings

Aerospace Engineering (PTE–AE)
June 15–27, 2014
Capacity: 18
Master Teachers:

Introduction to Engineering Design (PTE–IED)
June 15–27, 2014
Capacity: 20
Master Teachers: Peter Grimm, Jesse Sirovy & Dr. Frank Kelso

Principles of Engineering (PTE–POE)
June 15–27, 2014
Capacity: 20
Master Teachers:

GTT—Automation and Robotics (GTT–AR–VEX)
June 15, 2014 – June 20, 2014
Capacity: 20
Master Teachers:

GTT—Design and Modeling (GTT-DM)
June 15–20, 2014
Capacity: 20
Master Teachers:

To register, please visit the National Project Lead The Way website: Please contact the National Project Lead The Way office (877-335-PLTW [7589]) with any questions regarding registration.

2014 Cost Breakdown

Tuition per National PLTW (Mandatory for all participants)

  • June 15–27, 2014 = $2,200
  • June 15–20, 2014 = $1,100

Meals: $71/day per person (Mandatory for all participants)
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included for all participants. Class room and work time is 8 a.m.–7 p.m. daily.

  • June 15–27, 2014 = $71 x 13 days = $923
  • June 15–20, 2014 = $71 x 6 days = $426

* Per Diem rates for Minneapolis/St. Paul are $71/day per the U.S. General Services Administration

Parking: $12/day (Mandatory for all participants)

  • June 15–27, 2014 = 13 days x $12/day = $156
  • June 15–20, 2014 = 6 days x $12/day = $72

Housing: $50.60/per person per night (Optional)

  • June 15–27, 2014 = $50.60 x 12 nights = $607.20
  • June 15–20, 2014 = $50.60 x 5 nights = $253

Total estimated cost per participant:

  • June 15–27, 2014 Tuition ($2,200) + Meals ($923) + Parking ($156) = $3,279 (+ $607.20 for optional housing = $3,886.20)
  • June 15–20, 2014 Tuition ($1,100) + Meals ($426) + Parking ($72) = $1,598 (+ $253 for optional housing = $1,851)

* Rates and prices reflect cost estimate as of February 27, 2014. Total charges subject to change.

IMPORTANT REMINDER: You MUST complete the pre-course modules prior to your arrival. This is the only way to be sure you have required software needed for the course you are attending.

For the University of Minnesota session, space has been reserved on the Minneapolis Campus in Yudof Residence Hall. The deadline for housing reservations is Friday, May 23, 2014.

Cancellation Fee
A cancellation fee of $500 will be billed to your school district for cancellations received after the Friday, May 23, 2014 deadline.

Other Activities and Excursions

PLTW at Target Field!
Join your fellow PLTW colleagues in watching the Minnesota Twins take on the Chicago White Sox at 7:05 p.m. on Thursday, June 19, 2014. We will be able to provide a limited number of complimentary tickets to this game and more information will be available upon check-in.

PLTW Banquet
Tentatively scheduled for Wednesday June 25, the banquet will be held at the Indoor Club Room at TCF Bank stadium, home of the 7-time National Champion Golden Gopher Football Team. This event includes guided tours of the stadium and a unique behind the scenes look at one of the nation’s best on campus athletics facility.

Course Descriptions

Aerospace Engineering
This course propels students’ learning in the fundamentals of atmospheric and space flight. As they explore the physics of flight, students bring the concepts to life by designing an airfoil, propulsion system, and rockets. They learn basic orbital mechanics using industry-standard software. They also explore robot systems through projects such as remotely operated vehicles.

Introduction to Engineering Design
Students dig deep into the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on projects. They work both individually and in teams to design solutions to a variety of problems using 3D modeling software, and use an engineering notebook to document their work.

Principles Of Engineering
Through problems that engage and challenge, students explore a broad range of engineering topics, including mechanisms, the strength of structures and materials, and automation. Students develop skills in problem solving, research, and design while learning strategies for design process documentation, collaboration, and presentation.

Automation & Robotics
Students trace the history, development, and influence of automation and robotics as they learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems. Students use the VEX Robotics® platform to design, build, and program real-world objects such as traffic lights, toll booths, and robotic arms.

Design & Modeling
Students apply the design process to solve problems and understand the influence of creativity and innovation in their lives. They work in teams to design a playground and furniture, capturing research and ideas in their engineering notebooks. Using Autodesk® design software, students create a virtual image of their designs and produce a portfolio to showcase their innovative solutions.


Joseph Nieszner, Student Personnel Coordinator
Room 115 Lind Hall
207 Church ST SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Other 2014 Summer Training Institutes Offered in Minnesota



August 4-15, 2015


  • Introduction to Engineering Design (IED)
  • Biotechnical Engineering (BE)
  • Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM)
  • Engineering Design and Development (EDD)
  • Human Body Systems (HS)
  • Biomedical Innovations (BI)

August 4-8, 2014

  • Science and Technology (ST)
  • Magic of Electrons (ME)

August 11-15, 2014

  • Medical Devices (ME)
  • Energy and Environment (EE)
  • Green Architecture (GA)
  • Flight and Space (FS)


June 16-27, 2014

  • Principles of Engineering Design (POE)
  • Introduction to Engineering Design (IED)
  • Aerospace Engineering (AE)

June 16-20, 2014

  • Design and Modeling (DM)
  • Automation and Robotics (AR)

Schedule will be announced in early 2014.

Contact Information:
Jim Mecklenburg, Program Director
Phone: 763-263-2687
Minnesota Project Lead the Way (PLTW)