LMSD to offer engineering classes through PLTW

From staff reports

The Louisville Municipal School District continues to increase the learning experience of its students with the incorporation of technology education provided by an educational nonprofit organization this school year.

The school district recently added an engineering course titled “Introduction to Engineering and Design” to its curriculum following approval by the LMSD Board of Trustees in its June meeting to partner with Winston Plywood and Veneer to provide the curriculum of Project Lead The Way (PLTW).

Project Lead The Way is a nonprofit organization that provides transformative learning experiences for K-12 students and teachers across the U.S. Through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science, students learn problem-solving strategies, critical and creative thinking, and how to communicate and collaborate. The organization is shaping the innovators, creators, and designers of today and tomorrow.
The idea is to get students interested in the STEM subjects early so that more of them will want to pursue careers as engineers, doctors, scientists, computer programmers and the like

Project Lead The Way provides a comprehensive approach to STEM Education. Through activity-, project-, and problem-based curriculum, PLTW gives students in kindergarten through high school a chance to apply what they know, identify problems, find unique solutions, and lead their own learning. For educators, our engaging, rigorous teacher professional development model provides tools to empower students and transform the classroom into a collaboration space where content comes to life.

“We are pleased to help provide the course to the high school students in Winston County. This is another step for the youth to acquire the jobs skills to succeed in the future,” David Morel of Winston Plywood said. “We very much appreciate the partnership we have with Superintendent Ken McMullan, Kyle Hammond, and LHS Principal Hilute Hudson.”

With engineering labs set up at Louisville High School, Nanih Waiya Attendance Center and Noxapater Attendance Center, Superintendent Ken McMullan expects the Intro to Engineering class to serve over 150 students per year.

Winston Plywood provided the school district with a $35,000 grant over three years to assist with training teachers of the PLWT curriculum over the summer months. Training for this year’s engineering teachers took place at the Mississippi State University campus in Starkville for two weeks.

“We appreciate Winston Plywood and Veneer reaching out to help setup this program. We are excited about what his can bring to our students across the district,” McMullan said.

He added one of the great parts of the program is that the teachers update their skills and new training each year. “There is a lot of ongoing development in the program for the teachers,” McMullan said.

“The students really enjoy the hands on learning and work in the program,” LHS teacher Kristy Jernigan stated.

The Louisville Municipal school district  took the wraps off Project Lead The Way, the acclaimed curriculum for engaging students in science, technology, engineering and math.

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With the school district looking to lead the direction of the high schools towards a Career Academy type setting, incorporating Project Lead The Way into the school system will assist with the district heading in this direction.