Collinsville, Oklahoma
May 5, 2015
Middle School Enhancing Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
New PLTW Gateway Program For 2015-16
For Immediate Release -- May 1, 2015

Collinsville Middle School Adopts Project Lead The Way (PLTW) STEM Education Program to Better Prepare Students for Jobs of the Future

Collinsville, OK - Collinsville Middle School announced today that it has adopted Project Lead The Way's (PLTW) middle school program for the 2015-16 school year. PLTW is the nation's leading provider of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs, and Collinsville Middle School joins more than 6,500 schools across the U.S. in offering PLTW programs to their students in grades K-12.

The PLTW GatewayTM program is designed for students in grades 6-8. Through topics like robotics, flight and space, and DNA and crime scene analysis, the program engages students' natural curiosity and imagination and helps build a strong foundation for further STEM learning in high school and beyond. Students in PLTW Gateway use math and science as tools to solve real-world problems like cleaning oil spills and designing sustainable housing solutions. Using the same advanced software and tools as the world's leading companies, students see the application of STEM to their everyday lives.

"PLTW has a long history of successfully engaging students in STEM subjects," said Kelly Hamlin. "Collinsville Middle School is excited to offer PLTW Gateway to our middle school students, giving them an advantage over their peers when it comes to high school, college, and career readiness."

In addition to providing world-class K-12 STEM programs, PLTW provides high-quality professional development training that equips teachers with the content, skills, and pedagogy required to teach each PLTW course. PLTW schools also benefit from the organization's engaged network of Fortune 500 companies, educators, and partners. School-based PLTW Partnership Teams complement the curriculum by recruiting local business and industry professionals to serve as mentors and share their real-world experiences with students.

"Collinsville Middle School is offering its students a tremendous advantage through the PLTW Gateway program," said PLTW President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Vince Bertram. "Through PLTW Gateway, students will develop a strong math and science foundation, as well as the critical-thinking and problem-solving skills that will prepare them for success in high school, college, and ultimately, the global economy."

For more information on Collinsville Middle School new PLTW Gateway program or to set up a school visit, contact Jackie Hass at 918-371-2541.

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