Spring Cove honored for STEM

Middle school earns praise for programs

A local middle school has been recognized as a leading school for its STEM and career learning program and its broad access to “transformative learning opportunities for students” for the 2017-18 academic year, according to a media notice.

Spring Cove Middle School was named a Project Lead the Way Distinguished School. It is one of 148 middle schools nationwide to receive this honor.

“Receiving this recognition is an exciting honor for SCMS,” said the school’s principal, Breanne Venios. “We are looking forward to growing our PLTW program in order to continue to give our students the ability to utilize practical problem-solving skills and peer collaboration in preparation for high school and the workforce.”

To qualify for the honor, SCMS had to offer at least one PLTW Gateway unit for each grade level, have at least half of its student body participating and have at least one-fourth of its students entering high school participate in two or more units while in middle school.

The goal of PLTW programs is to help students develop STEM knowledge and in-demand, transferable skills to use in school and after school in whatever career path they choose.

All SCMS students participate in the following PLTW Gateway units:

– Grade 6: Flight and Space.

– Grade 7: Automation and Robotics.

– Grade 8: Medical Detectives.

For the 2019-20 year, there will be four additional units added using the $500,000 grant awarded to the district.

Vince Bertram, PLTW president and CEO, said it was a great honor to recognize the middle school for its commitment to students, describing the school as a model for what schools should look like.

There are about 11,500 elementary, middle and high schools across the United States that offer PLTW programs, the release states.

For more information about PLTW’s recognition program, visit www.pltw.org/ourprograms/program-recognition or contact Betsy Baker at 814-224-3060 or bbaker@springcovesd.org.

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