Star City High School receives grant to sustain STEM education


Star City High School announced Friday that it is the recipient of a $10,000 grant from Project Lead The Way (PLTW), a provider of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum.

The grant was made possible by a donation from Bemis Company. Funds from the grant will support the school’s PLTW engineering program, including continued teacher professional development and the purchase of materials and equipment for the hands-on, project-based classes that are a distinguishing characteristic of PLTW’s curriculum.

Star City High School has been offering PLTW’s Pathway To Engineering (PTE) curriculum since the 2012 school year. In PTE classes, students immerse themselves in the concepts of engineering, learn and apply the design process, and build strong teamwork, communication, and problem-solving skills. Through the hands-on, project-based classroom learning, students learn how to apply the skills they’ve learned in math and science to real-world applications. In many cases, students have the opportunity to earn college credit through their PLTW courses.

The PLTW grant application process is highly competitive for schools. To receive a grant, schools went through a rigorous application process, which included demonstrating that the school met specific requirements and eligibility criteria to be awarded grant funds. The requirements included district and community support, teacher professional development, technology acquisitions, a program sustainability plan, and many other factors.