The Wilmington Chamber of Commerce’s Cape Fear Future (CFF) initiative will fund Project Lead The Way (PLTW) at Trask Middle School to enable offering courses in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) at the beginning of the 2013-14 school year. PLTW is the nation’s leading provider of STEM curricula to middle and high schools with more than 5,200 programs in over 4,700 schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. It was recently cited by the Harvard Graduate School of Education as a “model for 21st century career and technical education.”
Trask Middle will offer PLTW’s Gateway To Technology program. Gateway To Technology (GTT) is a program that engages the natural curiosity and imagination of middle school students, while introducing them to engineering, robotics, computer modeling, and energy, among other STEM-related subjects. GTT courses are often used as electives or as part of a school’s core science and math curricula, allowing students the opportunity to apply what they are learning in traditional math and science classes to real-world, hands-on problems and projects. The curricula is designed to give students a solid foundation for further STEM learning in high school and beyond.
In addition to providing world-class STEM curricula to middle and high schools, PLTW provides ongoing, high-quality professional development training for middle and high school teachers so they can effectively implement – and teach – the engaging hands-on, project-based curriculum. Trask Middle School science teacher Charles “Chuck” Leake will receive PLTW training over the summer break and will be the first teacher certified to teach the courses. After completing his coursework at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, he will be able to provide PLTW training to other school personnel.