Barnwell Secures $20,000 in Grant Funds

Posted on 02/11/2021

Project Lead the Way (PLTW) awarded Barnwell Middle School $20,000 in grant funds to cover training, supplies and equipment for four PLTW Gateway modules – Design and Modeling (6th grade), Medical Detectives (7th grade), App Creators (8th grade) and Automation and Robotics (8th grade).

PLTW is an industry-leader in curriculum development and teacher training. The courses are rigorous and relevant to any student interested in STEM.  

“These modules allow students a chance to deeply explore in-demand STEM career fields,” said Kara Dalton, practical arts content leader. “The courses are student-driven and very collaborative in nature, building important 21st century skills in addition to content-related knowledge.”

Francis Howell School District already offers PLTW strands – in engineering, computer science and biomedical science – at all three of its high schools.

“By introducing students to the PLTW model earlier in their school career, students will have an opportunity to further explore areas of interest and build important skills that carry over to any career they choose,” Dalton said.

According to its website, PLTW provides transformative learning experiences for PreK-12 students and teachers across the U.S. It creates an engaging, hands-on classroom environment and empowers students to develop in-demand knowledge and skills they need to thrive. It also provides teachers with the training, resources and support they need to engage students in real-world learning.

The grant will be distributed over the course of the next two school years – 2021-2022 and 2022-2023. The grant was made possible by the support of PLTW partner, Toyota USA Foundation.

“This grant enables us to begin implementing this great program at Barnwell, with the hopes we will be able to expand to other buildings in the future,” Dalton said.

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