GCS INCREASING ACCESS TO S.T.E.M. COURSES
about 1 year ago
GCS Increasing Access to S.T.E.M. Courses
Granville County Schools is pleased to announce a new partnership with Project Lead The Way to provide new and exciting courses in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). These new courses will be offered at Northern Granville Middle School, Granville Central High School, and the J.F. Webb High School of Health & Life Sciences.
Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and the nation’s leading provider of in-school STEM curriculum. Through world-class, activity-, project-, and problem-based curriculum, a high-quality teacher professional development model, and an engaged network of educators and corporate partners, PLTW helps students develop the skills needed to succeed in our global economy.
PLTW courses are aligned with Common Core State Standards for Math and English Language Arts, Next Generation Science Standards, and other national and state standards. Their curriculum is divided into three areas: Gateway to Technology for middle schools, Pathway to Engineering and Biomedical Sciences for high schools. Granville County Schools will offer all three programs.
Northern Granville Middle School will offer the Gateway to Technology program. Students will take two foundational courses called Design & Modeling and Automation & Robotics. Future courses may include: Energy and the Environment, Flight & Space, and Medical Detectives, just to name a few.
Granville Central High School will offer the Pathway to Engineering program. Students will begin with a course entitled Introduction to Engineering Design next school year, followed by Principles of Engineering the next school year. Future courses may include: Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Digital Electronics, and Aerospace Engineering.
J.F. Webb High School of Health & Life Sciences will offer the Biomedical Sciences program. The first course they will offer is called Principles of the Biomedical Sciences. They will follow that course the following year with Human Body Systems. Future courses may include Medical Interventions and Biomedical Innovation. The Biomedical Sciences Program will not replace our Career and Technical Education Health Sciences courses, but will provide students an opportunity to enhance their experiences in those courses.
We are excited about the impact these new programs will have on our students as they gain experience in these areas of study. For more information on Project Lead The Way, please visit their website at www.pltw.org.