Project Lead The Way Networking Conference

Date: October 21, 2019
Time: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Worcester, MA

Keynote Speakers

Andrew Barry

Andrew's Bio

Andrew Barry received his bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from Olin College in 2010 and his Ph.D. in computer science from MIT in 2016.  His robotics experience includes fully autonomous watercraft, ground vehicles, and fixed wing drones.  Andrew’s current work on the Spot quadruped robot at Boston Dynamics focuses on improving its perception, manipulation, and controls abilities.

Adam Borell

Adam's Bio

Adam Borrell received his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 2005 and his M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2008. Having worked in robotics research labs at both institutions, Adam has experience designing, fabricating, and working with a wide range of robotic platforms. In addition to traditional wheeled and tracked mobile robots he has worked with undulating snake robots and tracked serpentine robots, quad-rotor flying robots and even surgical robots. He is currently a Robotics Engineer with Boston Dynamics, where he works with both quadrupedal and bipedal robots.

We are thrilled to have two engineers from Boston Dynamics as our Keynote speakers this year. Andy and Adam are part of the team working on the Spot robot, a quiet, four-legged robot with extraordinary rough terrain mobility and super-human stability. What has helped lead them to their successes? Project based classes, like PLTW, that provided ‘messy,’ ill-defined, real world problems that taught them failure is an opportunity to learn.

Date: Monday, October 21, 2019
Time: 8:00 am

Join Us

Join us at the PLTW Networking Conference, an event for educators – teachers & leaders, featuring hands-on activities from PLTW, course specific breakout sessions, and networking opportunities. This is the major Massachusetts PLTW community event where attendees have the chance to connect with other PLTW educators from nearby districts and walk away with information about all of the PLTW happenings (events & PD) for the year.

What to Expect

Join us for this not to be missed event! Here is what you can expect:

Current PLTW Teachers

Hands on breakout sessions, networking time with other PLTW teachers, important updates on student events and additional programming throughout the year, opportunity to see/discuss student work from other schools

PLTW School & District Leaders

Following the success of last year — there will be a dedicated 1/2 day programming for school & district leaders. During the session, leaders will hear about the programming and supports available for their students & teachers, learn about important updates, and have the chance to collaborate with other PLTW leaders about implementation (e.g., student recruitment, scheduling).

Prospective Schools

Authentic introduction to PLTW that includes hands-on activities, advice from students, and examples of student work. In addition, schools can learn about grant opportunities and connect with other teachers and leaders.

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Date: Monday, October 21, 2019
Time: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Worcester, MA