Project Lead the Way

Metty Joesph (859) 257-0180

Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is a middle school and high school project and problem based contextual learning curriculum. Project Lead the Way seeks to create dynamic partnerships with schools and industry in order to prepare an increasing and more diverse group of students for success in engineering and engineering technology programs. For more information on the curriculum, professional development and partnership teams, visit As part of UK’s commitment to the advancement of pre-engineering education, UK provides PLTW affiliate university support. This support includes professional development of teachers, administrators and guidance counselors.  Details

Kentucky Electronics Education Project (KEEP)

Dr. Janet Lumpp (859) 257-4985

The Kentucky Electronics Education Project (KEEP) uses microelectronics as a theme in developing math, science, and technology curriculum materials drawing on the breadth of content encompassed by microelectronics and the prevalence of electronics in everyday life. KEEP involves curriculum development, teacher workshops, and classroom activities initiated by the educational outreach aspects of two NSF research grants. The emphasis of KEEP is not vocational training; rather it is the use of a real world example as a theme to integrate basic principles from different disciplines. Lesson plans related to circuit building activities connect the process steps to National Math, Science, and Technology Standards.

Assessment tools are under development to formalize the educational impact of the hands-on projects. Currently, teachers trained through summer workshops are implementing KEEP into their science classes, utilizing new student assessment tools, and providing pre- and post-evaluations.

Kentucky Satellite Project (KySat)

Dr. James Lumpp (859) 257-3895

Kentucky Satellite Project, a joint enterprise to design, build, launch and operate small satellites for education, research and economic innovation purposes. The primary mission of KySat is to train students in the dynamics of spacecraft design, construction, launch and operation and to support accompanying education and research applications. KySat is a Pico class cube-shaped satellite with a mass of less than one kilogram. Once in orbit, KySat will be made available at no cost to Kentucky students, teachers, schools, and universities for educational and research uses, which include communications capability, temperature monitoring, current, voltage and science sensors, and photography using an onboard camera. In addition to UK , the KySat partnership is comprised of lead institutions Morehead State University, Murray State University , University of Louisville , Western Kentucky University , Kentucky Space Grant Consortium, Council on Postsecondary Education, Kentucky Science and Engineering Foundation and the Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation which is the managing partner.

BIG BLUE (Baseline Inflatable-wing Glider, Balloon-Launched Unmanned Experiment)

Suzanne Smith (859) 257-6336

BIG BLUE is a flight experiment developed, designed, built and flown by primarily undergraduate students in the College of Engineering at the University of Kentucky .  It was conceived as a demonstration of unique technologies potential for application for Mars exploration. The BIG BLUE project provides hands on learning for engineering students at the University of Kentucky , as well as for K-12 students from across the state. Members of the BIG BLUE team are involved in community activities intended to promote aerospace and the discovery of flight to many students. This project is sponsored by the NASA Workforce Development Program via the Kentucky Space Grant Consortium.