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SJSD Expanding "Project Lead the Way"

The St. Joseph School District is expanding a program aimed at inspiring students to dream big when it comes to careers in science and math. It's called Project Lead the Way.

At Central High School, students are igniting innovation through imagination and learning.

It is all part of Project Lead the Way, a program that gives students a different approach to science, technology engineering and math.

"Kids get very hands-on with the experiments involved in it and the activities,� Central High School teacher Ryan Stobaugh said. �It covers everything from design and modeling, to robotics which will be in the middle school curriculum and high school curriculum.�

Project Lead the Way is a curriculum that promotes problem solving and critical thinking.
Students envision, design and test their ideas.

The program is designed to inspire students to consider careers in science and math fields, where the demand is high.

All four high schools in the St. Joseph School District already participate in the program.

Soon, students Robidoux and Bode Middle Schools will take part. Only it will be called Gateway to Technology.

The curriculum for Robidoux and Bode in their Gateway to Technology program will include:

-Design & Modeling.
-Automation & Robotics
-Energy & the Environment
-Flight & Space
-Science of Technology
-Magic of Electrons

Bode Middle School Principal Roberta Diez say they are hoping to implement Gateway to Technology by the next school year.

�Anytime we can have kids think deeply and get their hands on equipment and tools and put something together to explore their natural curiosity, that�s what we want to do,� Diez said.

Benton was the first high school to implement Project Lead the Way more than five years ago.

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