Hudson High School Receives Project Lead The Way
Hudson, MA – Hudson High School announced today that it has received national certification for its Project Lead The Way (PLTW) program that has been offered since 2009. PLTW, a nonprofit organization and the nation’s leading provider of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education programs, offers a rigorous world-class curriculum that allows students to apply what they are learning in math and science class to real-life engineering and technology projects. PLTW also prides itself on high-quality professional development of its teachers and an engaged network of business, community and university partners to give students the fullest experience.
The national PLTW recognition program distinguishes schools for successfully demonstrating a commitment to PLTW’s national standards. Additionally, certification as a PLTW school provides students with the opportunity to apply for college credit or receive college-level recognition at PLTW affiliate universities when they successfully complete select PLTW courses in high school. PLTW has more than 40 affiliate college and university partners, including WPI in Worcester, MA.
In order to remain competitive in the global economy, America needs approximately 400,000 STEM college graduates annually, according to a National Business Roundtable report. Currently, the U.S. is graduating only 265,000 annually. PLTW is providing students with the skills, foundation, and proven path to college and career success in STEM areas to increase the number of STEM graduates.
Brian Reagan, principal of Hudson High School said, “This is an outstanding opportunity for our students. Not only will they have the chance to experience a well-articulated pre-engineering curriculum, but they have the opportunity to earn post-secondary credit at certain institutions. We are one of the few high schools in this area with this national certification and we are proud of the partnership we have forged with WPI and PLTW.”
As part of the recognition process, Reagan, and a team composed of teachers, administrators, students, and members of the community submitted a self-assessment of the school’s implementation of PLTW’s Engineering program. A site visit by a PLTW trained team followed. PLTW’s team met with teachers, school administrators, counselors, students, and members of the school’s Partnership Team. A PLTW school’s Partnership Team (sometimes referred to as a Steering Committee) is comprised of teachers, counselors, administrators, post-secondary representatives, business and industry professionals, and other community members who actively support the PLTW program within a school.
“Hudson High School should be congratulated for demonstrating its commitment to PLTW’s quality standards,” said PLTW President and CEO Vince Bertram. “The real winners here, however, are Hudson’s students. Students benefit from PLTW’s innovative, project-based curriculum that encourages creativity, problem solving, and critical thinking. We look forward to many more years of working together to prepare Hudson students to become the most innovative and productive in the world.”
Ryan Dailey, Hudson’s instructor for IED, DE, and EDD courses added, “The beauty of PLTW courses is that our students get to experience how a concept they learned in science applies to real-world projects, including robotics and product development. Rather than sit passively and listen to a lecture, kids are building, developing, and creating. This program allows the kind of hands-on experience that will hopefully engage more students in science, technology, engineering and math."
In addition, Hudson Public Schools offers two PLTW Gateway to Technology foundation courses to all students in grade 6 and 7 at the David J. Quinn Middle School. Students take a trimester course Design and Modeling (Grade 6) and Automation and Robotics (Grade 7). Quinn was able to provide these courses because of a grant from WPI and the Linde Family Foundation. The funds from this grant provided teacher training, software, and supplies for the middle school program. All fifth grade students at Quinn also receive an introductory engineering course as part of their related arts program. Hudson High School will be implementing a Gateway to Technology elective course during the 2014-2015 school year for eighth grade students. This elective course will combine two GTT units—Medical Detectives and Energy and the Environment. Ellen Schuck, Director of Technology, stated that “We are very pleased to provide a comprehensive, high-quality engineering curriculum for our students in grades 5-12. The grant from WPI and the Linde Family Foundation helped us make our program become a reality.”
For more information on PLTW, you may also contact Jennifer Cahill at the national office at (317) 669-0871 or firstname.lastname@example.org.