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Engineering Alliance (EA) was developed at the request of Project Lead The Way (PLTW) teachers, and state career and technical education leaders. Both saw the need for a program that incorporated student competitions and leadership in the PLTW curriculum. Competition is a strong motivator for students. The EA program will encourage participants to apply STEM learning in an exciting competitive atmosphere and it instills learning concepts in a unique way that the everyday classroom curriculum does not.
PLTW recognizes the value that competition and leadership play in engaging students and highly recommends that its network of schools participate in the Engineering Alliance program. EA is a collaboration of the Technology Student Association (TSA) and SkillsUSA to serve PLTW teachers and students. Schools participating in Engineering Alliance may also choose to have TSA or SkillsUSA chapters.
Engineering Alliance gives students the opportunities to participate in competitions and leadership activities based on the skills and knowledge gained through the curriculum. All activities are aligned with the existing PLTW curriculum. The national program is provided on a school-year basis and is accessible through a web-based format.
Project Lead The Way® (PLTW) is a not-for-profit organization that promotes engineering and biomedical sciences courses for middle and high school students. PLTW forms partnerships with public schools, higher education institutions and the private sector to increase the quantity and quality of scientists, engineers and engineering technologists graduating from our educational system. PLTW's curriculum makes math and science relevant for students. By engaging in hands-on, real-world projects, students understand how the skills they are learning in the classroom can be applied in everyday life. http://www.pltw.org/
The Technology Student Association (TSA) is a national organization for middle and high school students with a strong interest in technology. TSA fosters personal growth, leadership and opportunities in technology, innovation, design and engineering. Members apply and integrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) concepts though co-curricular activities, competitive events and related programs. Members are supported by teachers, parents, and business leaders who promote a technologically educated society. TSA serves more than 150,000 students in 2000 schools in 48 states. http://www.tsaweb.org/
SkillsUSA is a national partnership of students, teachers and industry, working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA chapters help students preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations to excel. SkillsUSA has more than 307,000 members in 50 states, three territories and the District of Columbia. SkillsUSA is an applied method of instruction and it provides quality education experiences for students. Its national SkillsUSA Championships is an industry-driven competition to improve education. Over 1,100 corporations, trade associations, businesses and unions are partners at the national level. http://www.skillsusa.org