Under the agreement, the VEX Robotics Design System will be the exclusive robotics platform offered to PLTW schools by PLTW, bringing new opportunities for students that include the chance to take PLTW’s courses that have been updated with hands-on, project-based robotics lessons.
PLTW’s robotics lessons provide students with an introduction to this important STEM field and offer them more advanced and innovative solutions to their classroom projects. PLTW schools may begin using VEX Robotics equipment during the 2011-2012 school year.
In addition, every PLTW classroom can participate in the VEX Robotics Competition, a middle and high school robotics competition, enabling students to apply their robotics knowledge from the classroom in a problem-solving environment.
“Robotics is not only an important field of study for students interested in pursuing careers in STEM-related fields but also integrates the critical and innovative thinking skills that are the foundation for any intellectual pursuit,” said John Lock, CEO of PLTW. “The majority of robotics programs for students are either after school or during weekend competitions, but now PLTW students have the opportunity to experience the hands-on, project-based robotics curriculum in the classroom just like math or science. These problem-solving skills are exactly what students have to develop to be successful in today’s 21st century economy. We are looking forward to working with VEX to create the world’s next generation of innovators.”
The PLTW program shows students the real-world relevancy of what they are learning in the classroom and gets them excited about solving the world’s grand challenges. PLTW is constantly looking to bring the most up-to-date materials, equipment, and cutting-edge technology into the classroom so that students have the opportunity to design and create their projects with the same tools that the industry leaders use in the workplace.
“PLTW is engaging students in STEM education as effectively as any program in the country,” said Paul Copioli, president of VEX Robotics Inc. “VEX Robotics is very proud to support PLTW’s mission of preparing students to be the most innovative and productive in the world. This partnership exposes hundreds of thousands of new students to the VEX Robotics Design System both in the classroom and in after-school competitions, and we look forward to working with PLTW to increase access to many more students in the years to come.”