Elementary Schools Recognized as Project Lead the Way Distinguished Schools

Elementary Schools Recognized as Project Lead the Way Distinguished Schools
This is the image for the news article titled Elementary Schools Recognized as Project Lead the Way Distinguished SchoolsDerby Public Schools is pleased to share that all nine elementary schools have been recognized as a Project Lead TheWay (PLTW) Distinguished School for providing broad access to transformative learning opportunities for students throughPLTW Launch. Only 97 elementary schools across the United States received this honor!

The PLTW Distinguished School recognition honors schools committed to increasing student access, engagement, and achievement in their PLTW programs. To be eligible for the designation, schools had to offer at least two PLTW Launch modules at each grade level and have more than 75 percent of the student body participating during the 2016-17 school year.

“I am thrilled that our elementary schools are receiving the Distinguished School recognition for increasing the access and engagement in the Project Lead the Way Launch curriculum,” Claravon Mathews, STEM Instructional Coordinator, said. “All of the K-5 students in Derby Public Schools are experiencing this hands-on program that encourages students to develop their design-making mindset while thinking about solutions to real problems.”

Mathews added that these modules are great at meeting the Kansas Science Standards for Engineering, Technology, and the Application of Science. The Launch curriculum at the elementary level helps prepare students for PLTW Gateway electives available at the middle school level. The pathway for these courses is continued at Derby High School as PLTWComputer Science, PLTW Engineering, and PLTW Biomedical Science pathways.

“We hope to grow the number of students that are aware of and take advantage of these classes in order increase the opportunities for students in those career pathways,” Mathews said.

Whether designing a car safety belt or building digital animations based on their own short stories, PLTW Launch students engage in critical and creative thinking, build teamwork skills, and develop a passion for and confidence in STEM subjects. Congratulations to Cooper, Derby Hills, El Paso, Oaklawn, Park Hill, Pleasantview, Swaney, Tanglewood and Wineteer Elementary schools!

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