Project Lead The Way in Iowa is successful because of the cooperation and encouragement it receives from different kinds of organizations. All of them see the value of increasing STEM education and promoting scientific based careers.
Kern Family Foundation
The Waukesha, Wisconsin-based Kern Family Foundation is committed to its mission of preparing students for the challenges of the 21st century through values, education and innovation. In its five-year history of supporting K-12 STEM initiatives, the Foundation has invested $10 million in grant awards. These awards have primarily gone to more than 300 schools in Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois and Minnesota as start-up support for their implementation of PLTW.
The Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) is a federal program designed to improve the research capacity of eligible states or regions, making them nationally competitive for future grants. Twenty-seven states, including Io-wa, are currently eligible to participate in the federal EPSCoR programs. Iowa’s EPSCoR is aimed at building research capacity and increasing competitiveness for the State of Iowa through investments in infrastructure and human capital. EPSCoR pro-vides support for key research areas at Iowa’s Regents Institutions, while establishing partnerships with the state’s community colleges, private colleges, school districts, government agencies and industries. The ultimate goal is to stimulate lasting re-search infrastructure improvements for the State of Iowa.
As one of their core values, innovation is critical to John Deere's success. For innovation to thrive, however, vigorous educational opportunities must exist to teach and inspire our next generation of innovators. Therefore, John Deere invests in projects that provide inspiring, rewarding and innovative educational experiences for youth, particularly in their home communities.
Some examples of John Deere's partners include Junior Achievement, JAG, various STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) organizations, such as Project Lead The Way (PLTW), arts and culture groups focusing on youth outreach, community colleges and higher education, and adult re-training programs.
In addition to statewide support, PLTW is fortunate to have the assistance of numerous individuals, groups and businesses at the regional level who step up to help their local schools. They contribute financially, in-kind hours, expertise, volunteers and materials. PLTW is grateful they recognize the value of STEM education and for their contributions.
A pioneer in the development and deployment of innovative communication and aviation electronic solutions for commercial and government applications, Rockwell Collins provides mentors for PLTW classrooms, hosts tours for PLTW students and supports PLTW teacher training. Rockwell Collins is committed to inspiring the next generation of engineers and innovators.