BAYSIDE INTERMEDIATE ACHIEVES NATIONAL RECOGNITION
FOR GATEWAY TO TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM
League City – Bayside Intermediate’s Project Lead the Way Gateway to Technology (GTT) Program has received national recognition. The primary purpose of the national recognition program is to recognize schools that have successfully demonstrated a commitment to the quality national standards of the GTT program.
Bayside Principal Jamey Majewski offered congratulations to teacher Terry Conaway, “She has done a great job with this program and with our students. I applaud her hard work and our CCISD Career and Technical Education department for their support. It was a team effort.”
Project Lead the Way (PLTW), the nation’s leading provider of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education offers a rigorous curriculum that allows students to apply what they are learning in math and science class to real-life engineering and technology projects. A National Business Roundtable report states that to remain competitive in the global marketplace, America needs to graduate 400,000 science, engineering, mathematics and technical four-year degrees annually, yet we are currently graduating only 265,000. PLTW, a non-profit organization, is providing students with a foundation and proven path to college and career success in these areas.
“Bayside Intermediate School has demonstrated its commitment to the quality standards of PLTW’s GTT program and the real winners are Bayside students,” said Thor S. Misko, acting CEO of PLTW. “Students are benefiting from an innovative curriculum that encourages creativity, problem solving and critical thinking. We congratulate the entire Bayside community and look forward to many more years of working together to prepare Bayside students to become the most innovative and productive in the world.”
Teachers are a critical component of the success of the PLTW program. All teachers are required to complete an intensive two-week professional development course during the summer before they can teach the GTT course. Students who continue on the PLTW track in high school also benefit from the organization’s strong university and industry relationships that allow students to begin working toward their college degrees and gain valuable experience through internships and local business executives who serve as mentors.
Bayside PLTW GTT Teacher Terry Conaway added, “The beauty of PLTW courses is that our kids get to experience how a formula they learned in math applies to a real project. In class, there are no lectures – kids are building, developing and creating. That is the kind of hands-on experience that will engage more students in fields that they might otherwise never consider.”
Project Lead the Way, Inc., is a national, non-profit organization that is the leading provider of rigorous and innovative STEM education curricular programs used in K-12 schools. The PLTW comprehensive curriculum, which is collaboratively developed by PLTW teachers, university educators, engineering and biomedical professionals, and school administrators, emphasizes critical thinking, creativity, innovation and real-world problem solving. The hands-on, project-based program engages students on multiple levels, exposes them to areas of study that they typically do not pursue, and provides them with a foundation and proven path to college and career success. PLTW began in 1997 in 12 high schools in upstate New York as a program designed to address the shortage of engineering students at the college level and has grown to a network of nearly 4,000 middle and high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. More than 350,000 students are expected to take a PLTW course during the coming school year. For more information, visit www.pltw.org.