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Twitter Chat 20131023: PLTW Guest Hosts


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Since 1997, Project Lead The Way (PLTW) has been the leading provider of in-school STEM curriculum for millions of middle and high school students. Now, we are expanding the STEM pipeline and bringing our activity-, project-, and problem-based curriculum and professional development to kindergarten through fifth grade. We are proud to announce our K-5 program: PLTW Launch.

But, what do critical thinking and the design process look like in K-5? How will K-5 STEM change the culture of middle and high schools? Tonight at 8 p.m. EDT, join Project Lead The Way, Big Beacon, and a group of enthusiastic and passionate educators and parents already involved in PLTW Launch for a lively and engaging Twitter chat focused on what STEM looks like for young students and why it matters to spark their interest early.

Our panelists include: Mike Martus, Regional Support Manager, REC Foundation; Randy Decker, PLTW Master Teacher; Liz Beaty, PLTW Launch program pilot Lead Teacher; Kasey Grau, parent of a PLTW student; and Project Lead The Way Directors of School Engagement Kiley Adolph and Glynis O’Leary.

Join us as we keep the conversation going around why STEM must start in grades K-5.

**Review the Summary of the chat here.**

Read PLTW’s earlier Guest Blog Post – K-5 STEM: It starts here.

About PLTW

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and the nation’s leading provider of in-school STEM curriculum. PLTW’s world-class, activity-, project-, and problem-based curriculum and high-quality teacher professional development model, combined with an engaged network of educators and corporate partners, helps students develop the skills needed to succeed in our global economy. For more information, visit

About Big Beacon

The Big Beacon is a Movement to Transform Engineering Education. An Illinois not-for-profit corporation, Big Beacon was organized to catalyze a global social movement to transform engineering education. The Big Beacon connects dots among individuals and organizations to collaboratively disrupt the status quo, thereby bringing about change to align engineering education (and by association K-12 STEM education) with the creativity imperative of our times. Read the Big Beacon Manifesto at

How to Twitter Chat

If you’ve never Twitter chatted before, don’t worry; it’s very easy.  First, get a Twitter account if you don’t already have one, and log in. At 8 PM ET on Wednesday, September 11, 2013, go to and type #BigBeacon into the search box on Twitter. Thereafter all the tweets with the hashtag #BigBeacon will show up on your Twitter page. To participate, simply express your opinion by sending a tweet, and be sure to append the hashtag #BigBeacon so other members of the Twitter Chat see you are posting.


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