Computer Science Education in Iowa

PLTW Teacher Doyle Massey speaks to the importance of Computer Science education in Iowa and the important role PLTW can play.

Rostering for PLTW

Rostering for the 2015-16 school year is now open. PLTW District Administrators, School Administrators, or Principals must roster all PLTW Launch, PLTW Gateway, PLTW Engineering, PLTW Computer Science, and PLTW Biomedical Science students. Once students are rostered, teachers can enroll them into the myPLTW Learning Management System (LMS). Rostering is also required for PLTW Engineering, PLTW Computer Science, and PLTW Biomedical Science students to gain access to the End of Course (EoC) Assessments. The updated rostering template, as well as detailed instructions, is available under the Help section of the myPLTW website.

If you have questions, please contact the PLTW School Support Team by phone at 877-335-7589 or via email at

John Deere Inspire Grants Available for 2015/16 FIRST Season

We are pleased to announce the John Deere Inspire Grants are available for the Trash Trek season. Please consider creating new FIRST teams!

For information about John Deere’s Inspire Grant visit here.

For grant application visit here.

Professional Development Opportunity

National Summer Teacher Institute on Innovation, STEM, and Intellectual Property


Travel and lodging expenses will be covered for teachers who are traveling more than 50 miles to the venue in accordance with Federal travel regulations and USPTO travel policy.   Space is limited.  Apply today!  

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host its second National Summer Teacher Institute on Innovation, STEM, and Intellectual Property on July 12-17, 2015 in Dallas, TX.  This multi-day professional development training opportunity is designed to help middle and high school teachers incorporate concepts of making, inventing, and intellectual property creation and protection into classroom instruction.    The program is open to teachers nation-wide. Space is limited.  Apply today!
Participants are expected to implement lessons learned from the Institute into their schools and school districts in an effort to support development of a STEM/Innovation- learning ecosystem.   The Institute is open to teachers nation-wide.  Apply to be a part of this exciting cohort.   Space is limited.  Apply today!   Application deadline has been extended to Friday, May 22, 2015.

FIRST Grants Available from Rockwell Collins for 2015/16 Season

Through gracious support of FIRST programs in Iowa, Rockwell Collins is offering team grants for FLL for the coming Trash Trek season. Please check it out and consider starting a team this season!

Rockwell Collins FIRST Grant:

Win a trip to NYC from the TODAY Show

The TODAY Show is partnering with Shell to find find kids who are creating amazing things in the field of STEM.  Check out their website at to nominate some one you know who’s invented something terrific!

FLL and FRC – What a beautiful friendship

We want to send a shout out to the two FRC teams who joined us for the FLL State Championship in January.  Thanks to the Swartdogs and  Team Neutrino for showing us the great opportunities awaiting team members after they are done with FLL.

Swartdog Newsletter #2

Applications Now Open for 2015-16 PLTW Scale-Ups

Applications for 2015-16 Scale-Up Programs are due March 9, 2015.

Scale-Ups are available for the following PLTW Programs:

  • PLTW Principles of Engineering
  • PLTW Gateway to Technology
  • PLTW Computer Science and Software Engineering
  • PLTW Launch

Apply today at!

Watch the 2014 Iowa FLL Championship Matches Live!

Saturday, January 17, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM CST

Can’t make it to Ames, but want to be part of the excitement?  3-2-1…LEGO!  Watch the robot competition matches live by clicking here!

Competition for the 2015 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is Now Open!

PAEMST is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government for K-12th grade mathematics and science teachers. The 2015 awards will honor up to 108 7th – 12th grade mathematics and science (including computer science) teachers. In 2016, awards will recognize K-6th grade teachers.

To nominate a teacher, go to the program website ( and click on “Nominate a Teacher.” Completing a nomination form takes only a couple of minutes. You only need a teacher’s contact information to complete the form. It’s just that simple!

Awardees receive a citation from the President, $10,000 from NSF, and trip to Washington DC for recognition ceremonies. The website also has a link that allows you to search for past awardees in your home state! Nominations close April 1, 2015 but please don’t delay. Give your nominated teachers as much time as possible to complete a competitive application.