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JTHS Students Explore Engineering Through Project Lead the Way Engineering Program

August 23, 2016 01:30 PM

JTHS students have the opportunity to explore their career interests through such innovative programs as Project Lead the Way (PLTW), a program which engages students in collaborative, real-world engineering activities.

During these first days of school, PLTW students are already practicing collaboration and creativity to engage with engineering concepts as their teachers have them design and test paper airplanes with their classmates, use special engineering notebooks, and incorporate technology in their learning.

The program’s sequence of courses, including Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) and Principles of Engineering (POE), are being taught by PLTW Certified Instructors Tim Gonzales, Chris McGuffey, Erin Wagner, Jennifer Birkner, and Eric Jern.

A partnership between JTHS and ExxonMobil, made possible through the Be An Engineer program, provides the unique opportunity for ExxonMobil engineers to participate in classroom activities, providing real-world insight connected directly to the curriculum. For the 2016-2017 academic year, ExxonMobil also donated cleverly-designed “Be an Engineer” t-shirts to all PLTW students, as well as notepads and stickers.

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for K-12 students and teachers across the U.S.  PLTW empowers students to develop in-demand, transportable knowledge and skills through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science.  PLTW's teacher training and resources support teachers as they engage their students in real-world learning.

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