Valdosta K-8 Schools Adopts Education Program to Better Prepare Students for Careers of the Future

| April 15, 2016

VALDOSTA– Valdosta City Schools announced this week that it has adopted Project Lead The Way’s (PLTW) elementary and middle school programs for the 2016-17 school year. PLTW is the nation’s leading provider of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs, and VCS K-8 program joins more than 6,500 schools across the U.S. in offering PLTW programs to their students in grades K-12.

The PLTW GatewayTM program is designed for students in grades 6-8. Through topics like robotics, flight and space, and DNA and crime scene analysis, the program engages students’ natural curiosity and imagination and helps build a strong foundation for further STEM learning in high school and beyond. Students in PLTW Gateway use math and science as tools to solve real-world problems like cleaning oil spills and designing sustainable housing solutions. Using the same advanced software and tools as the world’s leading companies, students see the application of STEM to their everyday lives.

“PLTW has a long history of successfully engaging students in STEM subjects,” said Valdosta Middle School Principal, Beth DeLoach. “Valdosta Middle School is excited to offer PLTW Gateway to our STEM Academy students.”

The PLTW TM Launch program will be offered to our elementary schools to engage students at a young age to build confidence and grow interest in science, technology, engineering and math. PLTW’s Launch program for kindergarten through fifth grade students helps students become problem solvers. Students use structured approaches, like the engineering design process, and employ critical thinking. They apply STEM knowledge, skills, and habits of mind, learning that it is OK to take risks and make mistakes. PLTW launch curriculum provides the opportunity for teachers and students to learn and discover together, education becomes far more engaging.

In addition to providing world-class K-12 STEM programs, PLTW provides high-quality professional development training that equips teachers with the content, skills, and pedagogy required to teach each PLTW course. PLTW schools also benefit from the organization’s engaged network of Fortune 500 companies, educators, and partners. 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.

“The new Valdosta Middle School STEM Academy is offering its students a tremendous advantage through the PLTW Gateway program,” said PLTW President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Vince Bertram. “Through PLTW Gateway, students will develop a strong math and science foundation, as well as the critical-thinking and problem-solving skills that will prepare them for success in high school, college, and ultimately, the global economy.”

For more information on Valdosta Middle School’s new PLTW Gateway program for the STEM academy or to set up a school visit, contact Principal, Beth DeLoach at 229-333-8555


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