For Immediate Release:
November 18, 2011
Jennifer Cahill, PLTW Director of Communications
812.483.5124 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Lewis Central High School Receives National Award for Excellence in STEM Education
Clifton Park, N.Y.—Project Lead The Way, the nation’s leading provider of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) curriculum, has announced its list of the 2010-11 Model Schools, the most coveted award the organization hands out annually. Lewis Central High School in Council Bluffs, Iowa, is one of just 16 schools to receive the award this year out of the 4,200 eligible schools across the country.
Lewis Central High School is home to the PLTW Pathways To Engineering (PTE) program, a program that opens students’ eyes to fields in engineering, design, manufacturing, electronics, and many more. PTE allows students to learn and apply the design process and discover the answers to questions like how are things made and what processes go into creating products? Students use the same industry-leading 3D design software used by companies like Intel, Lockheed Martin and Pixar. They explore aerodynamics, astronautics and space life sciences. They design, test and actually construct circuits and devices such as smart phones and tablets. Through the PTE program, Lewis Central provides rigorous, hands on STEM curriculum that inspires students, unlocks their potential, and prepares them for the competitive, 21st Century global marketplace.
“The Lewis Central PLTW program exemplifies STEM education by breaking down the silos between Science, Technology, and Math education,” said PLTW Upper Midwest Regional Director Ken Maguire. “Instructors continuously show how these important subject areas are interrelated and have meaningful relationships to everyday life. Congratulations to Lewis Central on this much deserved award.”
2010-11 Model Schools were selected based on their strength in several key categories, including a robust program implementation, excellent postsecondary relationships, outstanding communications and outreach, solid professional development and a strong level of student engagement. A group of PLTW State Leaders and Affiliate Directors from across the country then evaluated each school based on unique program attributes. Schools with the greatest overall scores were selected as Model Schools.
This year’s Model Schools come in all forms, sizes, and locations. There are middle schools and junior high schools as well as high schools. Some high schools implement both of PLTW’s high school curriculums, while others serve their student population with only one. Schools range in size from large to small and reside in 13 different states. Yet, they all share common characteristics: a high percentage of the overall student population engaged in PLTW courses, strong partnerships with business, industry, and post-secondary institutions that actively support the curriculum and give students added real-world experience and mentors, a robust student recruitment strategy, and a commitment to professional development.
Click here to view a map of the 2010-11 Model Schools
"We are excited to recognize these schools for their exemplary work with students on a daily basis,” said PLTW President and CEO Vince Bertram. “Teachers in these classes are inspiring students and unlocking their potential for success and achievement. This work does not happen in isolation. The community, business, and industry partnerships that make this work possible should be commended as well."