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Project Lead the Way teachers training in an IUPUI lab

Project Lead the Way teachers training in an IUPUI lab

Project Lead the Way (PLTW)

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IUPUI has partnered with Project Lead the Way (PLTW) to provide high schools, teachers and students with innovative, hands-on science programs. PLTW classes are taught in school during the school day, and every instructor of PLTW courses receives extensive training as well as ongoing support in the courses they teach. While the STEM subject matter is rigorous, the approach is never rigid.

PLTW Students...

  • Achieve significantly higher scores in reading, mathematics and science.
  • May be eligible for college credit.
  • Earn higher GPAs as freshmen in college.
  • Are studying engineering and technology in greater numbers than the national average, with a higher retention rate in college engineering, science and related programs than non-PLTW students.


IUPUI has been selected as one of PLTW's new 2019 Core Training Hubs. As one of 16 PLTW Core Training Hubs, IUPUI will offer teachers convenient travel options with excellent amenities, as well as more opportunities to network with and learn from their peers across the country. Being a Core Training Hub will offer schools more options for how - and when - teachers take part in PLTW professional development. The PLTW Grant Program, made possible through generous philanthropic gifts from our partners, helps districts and schools across the country start new PLTW programs and expand their existing programs.

Teacher Training

IUPUI's Project Lead the Way's Summer Training Institute is an intensive instructional program that prepares teachers to teach the PLTW classes. This year, two IUPUI Schools are hosting PLTW Core training, the Purdue School of Science and the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology.

Registration for 2019 can be found at the 2019 Core Training Schedule. Teachers and Schools must complete the registration through PLTW and complete all readiness training modules prior to the Core Training.

2019 PLTW Core Training Sessions offered at IUPUI
Biomedical Sciences Computer Science Engineering
  • Principles of Biomedical Science
  • Biomedical Innovations
  • Medical Interventions
  • Computer Science Essentials
  • Computer Science Principles
  • Cybersecurity
  • Introduction to Engineering Design
  • Principles of Engineering
  • Engineering Design and Development
  • Engineering Essentials
Gateway Gateway Launch
  • App Creators
  • Automation and Robotics
  • Computer Science for Innovators and Makers
  • Design and Modeling
  • Science of Technology
  • Magic of Electrons
  • Medical Detectives
  • Launch Classroom Teacher
  • Launch Lead Teacher

For a full list of PLTW course offered at IUPUI this summer 2019 with dates and registration information, see the PLTW 2019 Core Training Schedule.

PLTW Students and IUPUI College Credit

Course Completion Certificate

Qualified PLTW student will receive a letter via email certifying that they have completed the Biomedical Sciences coursework just after their High School graduation. Students who are admitted to IUPUI begin classes may request special credit for these courses during their first semester at IUPUI to earn college credit. There is no fee for the college credit if students request it during their first semester at IUPUI.

Please note that this is not Dual Credit offered in high school, but College Credit at IUPUI.  Students who attend other universities may present the certification letter to the biology department chair or other school administrator to determine if and how credit may be awarded at that institution. IUPUI does not provide college transcripts for PLTW coursework.


Currently, there is no fee for the college credit associated with these courses for students who choose to enroll at IUPUI, as long as they contact the IUPUI SPAN Division during their first semester of enrollment to request to have the credits posted to their transcripts. Students are charged if they request the credits after their third semester of enrollment.


Note: Stanine scoring is in the process of revision for 2019; check this site for updated information in Fall 2019. Learn more.

  • Student must have taken the PLTW Biomedical Science course (s) at a certified PLTW school and passed the End of Course (EOC) National Assessment Part A with a stanine score of 6 or higher.
  • Complete and submit the IUPUI Course Credit Application Form:
    • Student must download and complete required portions of IUPUI application then submit to PLTW instructor.
    • PLTW instructor/High School must complete and submit the form. Instructions may be found here.
    • Form may be submitted after completion of each course, or preferably during the senior year for all past courses on the same form.
  • Letters certifying course completion will be emailed to students in the summer following their high school graduation. While information may be submitted to IUPUI each year, only one email certifying all completed courses will be emailed upon graduation to the student.
  • Students who do not attend IUPUI may print the certification letter they will receive via email and present it to the biology department chair at your institution. It will be up to that institution to decide whether or not to issue college credit.
  • Qualified PLTW Biomedical students who matriculate to IUPUI will need to contact the IUPUI SPAN Division Office during their FIRST semester at IUPUI to request the college credit be recorded on their transcript.  Special credit will be posted on the student's IU transcript at no further cost to the student, as long as they contact the SPAN Division during their first semester of enrollment to request to have the credits posted to their transcripts.  Stanines of 6 or 7 are approximately equivalent to a B grade, and will be awarded an S at IUPUI for satisfactory completion; Stanines of 8 or 9 will be awarded an A at IUPUI.

Note: Information about the 2019 options for College Credit for Engineering and Technology will be updated soon.

PLTW Biomedical Science - High School Course Descriptions

The table below lists the PLTW High School Course Equivalents with the corresponding IUPUI Biology elective courses.  Students who are admitted to IUPUI begin classes may request special credit for these courses during their first semester at IUPUI to earn college credit by contacting the IUPUI SPAN Division Office.  There is no fee for the college credit if students request it during their first semester at IUPUI.


PLTW Course
IUPUI Course Equivalent
Principles of Biomedical Sciences (PBS)                     BIOL 10011: Principles of Biomedical Science                     3                    

Human Body Systems (HBS)

BIOL 10012: Human Body Systems 3
Medical Interventions (MI) BIOL 10013: Medical Interventions 3
Biomedical Innovation (BI) BIOL 10014: Biomedical Innovation 3
  • BIOL 10011 Principles of Biomedical Science (3 cr. hr.)  Students investigate the human body systems and various health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, sickle-cell disease, hypercholesterolemia, and infectious diseases.  They determine the factors that led to the death of a fictional person, and investigate lifestyle choices and medical treatments that might have prolonged the person's life.  The activities and projects introduce students to human physiology, medicine, research processes and bioinformatics.  This course is designed to provide an overview of all the courses in the Biomedical Sciences program and lay the scientific foundation for subsequent courses.
  • BIOL 10012 Human Body Systems (3 cr. hr.)  Students examine the interactions of body systems as they explore identity, communication, power, movement, protection and homeostasis. Students design data acquisition software to monitor body functions such as muscle movement, reflex and voluntary action, and respiration. Exploring science in action, students build organs and tissues on a skeletal manikin, work through interesting real world cases and often play the role of biomedical professionals to solve medical mysteries.
  • BIOL 10013 Medical Interventions (3 cr. hr.)  Students investigate the variety of interventions involved in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease as they follow the lives of a fictitious family.  The course is a "How-To" manual for maintaining overall health and homeostasis in the body as students explore: how to prevent and fight infection; how to screen and evaluate the code in human DNA; how to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer; and how to prevail when the organs of the body begin to fail.  Through these scenarios, students are exposed to the wide range of interventions related to immunology, surgery, genetics, pharmacology, medical devices and diagnostics. Lifestyle choices and preventive measures are emphasized throughout the course as well as the important roles scientific thinking and engineering design play in the development of interventions of the future.
  • BIOL 10014 Biomedical Innovation (3 cr. hr.)  In this capstone course, students apply their knowledge and skills to answer questions or solve problems related to the biomedical sciences.  Students design innovative solutions for the health challenges of the 21st century as they work through progressively challenging open-ended problems, addressing topics such as clinical medicine, physiology, biomedical engineering, and public health.  They have the opportunity to work on an independent project and may work with a mentor or adviser from a university, hospital, physician's office, or industry. Throughout the course, students are expected to present their work to an adult audience that may include representatives from the local business and health care community.

PLTW - Purdue Graduate Credit for Teachers completing Core Training

Thanks to generous funding from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, the coordinating agency that oversees the state's public universities, IUPUI has received funding as part of an effort to improve teaching in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This funding will provide a full tuition and fee scholarship of $1,375 for any Indiana Teacher who completes the PLTW Core Training courses described below.

  • The Hoosier STEM Academy, a partnership between IUPUI, Ball State University, Purdue University and Valparaiso University expands graduate-level course offerings to help with credentialing for current dual-credit Indiana teachers and pre-service teachers who plan to teach STEM dual-credit courses.
  • Indiana Teachers who complete the following PLTW Core Training at IUPUI in Summer of 2018 or 2019 may apply tot he IU Graduate School as a Grad Non-Degree (GND) Student. See the application process.
  • No letters of recommendation, transcripts, or GRE exam are needed, but there is a $60 fee to pay upfront that will then be refunded as part of the scholarship.
  • After setting up your IUPUI Student ID and e-mail address, you will be authorized for and will receive instructions on how to sign up for the following Purdue Graduate Courses (3 cr. hr. each).
PLTW Core Training Completed at IUPUI
Purdue Graduate Course
(authorization required)
  • Principles of Biomedical Science
  • Biomedical Innovations
  • Medical Interventions
  • Human Body Systems (not offered at IUPUI in 2019)
  • Introduction to Engineering Design
  • Principles of Engineering
  • Engineering Design and Development
  • Engineering Essentials
  • Computer Science Essentials
  • Computer Science Principles
  • Cybersecurity
  • Computer Science A (not offered at IUPUI in 2019)


  • Shortly after registration, you will receive a scholarship of $1,375 from the Hoosier STEM Academy directly to your IUPUI Bursar account, which will fully pay for all tuition, fees, and graduate school application fee.
  • Teachers who do not reside in Indiana have the option to apply to the IU Graduate School and enroll in these courses as well, but will need to arrange to pay the tuition and fees of $1,275. We are not able to offer a tuition remission at this time but can assist you with the registration process.

If there are any questions about this process please contact Dr. Kathy Marrs: kmarrs@iupui.edu.

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