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Connecticut PLTW STEM Conference

As the Connecticut affiliate for Project Lead The Way, the University of New Haven is pleased to host the 2015 Connecticut PLTW STEM Conference on October 20, 2015.

This annual conference is designed to keep school counselors, administrators and teachers up-to-date on Project Lead The Way. It also serves as an important opportunity for school administrators from interested schools to become better acquainted with the program. We look forward to representatives from your school joining us!

To register, click the link in the blue box on the right of the page.

Please note:  New PLTW school district agreements state that PLTW schools must send at least one counselor each year to a PLTW counselor conference. 

For more information, contact Gail Berardesca, PLTW Affiliate Assistant at 


Featured Speaker

Helen Charov headshotThis fall we are pleased to announce this year's keynote speaker, Helen Charov. 

Helen has been involved with invention, innovation and entrepreneurship for close to 30 years, having started-up and managed her own and others’ software and hardware companies, served on economic development commissions and joined the Board of Directors of the CIC in 1999. 

She attributes her passion for teaching invention to the day she first saw hundreds of young inventors on the floor of UConn’s basketball pavilion, displaying and defending their inventions to judges. She has managed the growth of the CIC since 2008 into the largest and longest continuously operating program of its kind in the nation for young inventors in grades K-12, now supporting over 16,000 student inventors every year, 50% of whom are girls, 24% minorities.  The CIC programs are now taught in over 225 schools in Connecticut’s cities and towns, in many cases embedded as part of the school day with a curriculum of 100+ lesson plans aligned with NGSS, culminating with a state-wide finals of 1000 inventors.

This year, student inventors from New Hampshire, New York, and Massachusetts participated.  Helen still has the startup virus, but now directs it toward guiding CIC’s “next step inventors” through business planning and formation of their own companies in CIC’s partnership with the state’s Innovation Ecosystem.