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Project Lead the Way

Project Lead the Way: Middle School

In the fall of 2012, our Middle School became a Project Lead the Way School. Project Lead the Way (PLTW), a non-profit organization, is the nation’s leader in providing middle and high schools with high-quality Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education curricular programs. PLTW's comprehensive curriculum for engineering and biomedical sciences was collaboratively designed by PLTW teachers, university educators, school administrators, and engineering and biomedical professionals to promote critical thinking, creativity, innovation, and real-world problem solving skills. This program requires significant investments in technology and materials, as well as intensive teacher training. In addition to many lab materials, middle school students use eighteen dedicated computers and Autodesk (a type of 3D animation, engineering, and design software) extensively as part of their PTLW units. Learn more about Project Lead the Way here: www.pltw.org.

Project Lead the Way: Primary School

In the fall of 2013, Next Generation School became one of just 44 schools in the United States to pilot Project Lead the Way’s newest STEM program, focused on students in grades K-5. Studies show that students decide as early as second and third grade whether they like, and think they are good at, math and science. By offering this new elementary STEM program to its students, NGS is expanding its high-quality educational offerings.

PLTW’s elementary program will align with Common Core Math and English Language Arts Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards. Through a series of topic-based modules, students will engage in design problems that encourage analysis, problem solving, computational thinking, and collaboration. Ms. Kathy Feser, the NGS science instructor designated as the Master Teacher for the elementary pilot, will be leading the professional development for NGS teachers who will be involved in the pilot program.

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