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Running Hard – Wow (Updated)

May 2, 2009

I spent part of last Thursday at Redmond High School in Oregon working with a group of students in an optional class based on the Preparing Project Lead the Way Technology Curriculum (Updated:  link found, would help if I had the name right).  There were about a dozen students in the class, and they were developing basic engineering understanding by doing logic design and GAL programming.  I was also shown some of the work they were doing in Principles of Engineering, with engineering tear-downs and design theories.

As you know, I’m not the biggest fan of the education system.  This, though, is a great example of what dedicated teachers and a willing system can do.  I gotta’ say, there were kids in that class who were doing projects that were very similar to my senior logic projects in college.  There were one or two who could articulate elevator pitches better than some of the senior technical guys I work with today.

So it’s nice to see some faith in the system restored.  There are (to my knowledge) currently two high-schools in all of Oregon that actually pursue this curriculum, though I know others are working on similar tracks.  A couple of the students obviously impressed me, and I look forward to fighting to employ them in a few years.  They’ll be well prepared for the opportunity.

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  1. Tom Baker permalink
    July 17, 2009 10:11 am

    Jim,

    Thanks for coming down to talk at the STI, and thank you for Intel’s continued support of Oregon technology education.

    I wanted to let you know that there are actually more than 20 schools in Oregon using the PLTW curriculum. In addition to 3 Hillsboro schools (Glencoe, Liberty and Hilhi), my school – Health & Science at 185th & Walker in the Beaverton school district – is not only a Certified PLTW school teaching Engineering classes, but this year we are one of the few schools in the country launching the Biotech curriculum.

    Here’s a link to one of Tim Brower’s presentations that has a list of Oregon schools: http://opas.ous.edu/PLTW_Advocacy/Brower_PLTW_Roles_Status_Oregon_012208.pdf

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