Austintown Middle School has adopted Project Lead The Way and will begin offering courses in science, technology, engineering and math at the beginning of the 2012-13 school year. PLTW is the nation's leading provider of STEM curriculum to middle and high schools with more than 4,200 schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, including 285 active programs in Ohio.
Austintown Middle School will offer PLTW's Gateway To Technology program, which engages the natural curiosity and imagination of middle school students, while introducing them to engineering, robotics, computer modeling, and energy, among other STEM-related subjects. The curriculum is designed to give students a solid foundation for further STEM learning in high school and beyond. Gateway To Technology courses are often used as electives or as part of a school's core science and math curricula, allowing students the opportunity to apply what they are learning in traditional math and science classes to real-world, hands-on problems and projects.
Austintown Middle School will offer the Gateway To Technology program to all sixth-grade students as an elective and will also house a self-contained seventh-grade STEM Program in which students can apply.
"PLTW has a long history of successfully engaging students in STEM subjects," said Janet Polish. "Austintown Middle School is proud to offer PLTW to our students, giving them an advantage over their peers when it comes to high school, college and career readiness. We believe our community will also see the benefits of PLTW as the pool of highly-skilled workers for local businesses increases."
In addition to providing world-class STEM curriculum to middle and high schools, PLTW provides ongoing, high quality professional development training for middle and high school teachers so they can effectively implement and teach the engaging hands-on, project-based curriculum. PLTW schools also benefit from the organization's engaged network of Fortune 500 companies, state leaders, and university affiliations, which provide students opportunities for college credit, scholarships and admissions preferences. School-based PLTW Partnership Teams complement the curriculum by recruiting local business and industry professionals to serve as mentors and share their real-world experiences with students.
"In today's global economy, Americans are competing not just against each other but against their peers in countries like China and India," said Vince Bertram, CEO of PLTW. "It is more critical now than ever for our education system to help students develop the critical-thinking and problem-solving skills to prepare them for the global economy."
For more information on how to apply for the seventh-grade STEM Program, visit www.austintown.k12.oh.us/STEM or contact Janet Polish at 330-797-3900 ext.1512.