Project Lead the Way Students Shine in National Spotlight

Project Lead The Way

American Structurepoint salutes students from a Project Lead the Way class that we funded who rocked the house at a recent PLTW Summit. Students from James A. Garfield Indianapolis Public School 31 were the only elementary students in the nation chosen to share their stories of how PLTW has changed their lives. The students presented to more than 800 PreK-12th grade educators, education students, university leaders, and business and industry leaders attending the summit.

In celebration of our company’s 50th anniversary in 2016, we invested $250,000 in PLTW programming for Indianapolis Public Schools students. Since then, 50 PLTW programs have expanded or launched in IPS. Fourteen programs launched in the 2019-2020 school year, including one at School 31.

PLTW partners with more than 11,500 US schools to deliver programs in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science. The summit offered various sessions geared to help educators and community leaders better prepare students with in-demand and transferrable skills to succeed in STEM careers and in college.

“This is our first year as a Project Lead the Way school and it’s fantastic,” the four fourth-grade scholars proclaimed in unison. They shared information about the hands-on experiments they are doing to learn about different types of potential and kinetic energy. While that is impressive in its own right, I am more impressed by the life lessons PLTW has taught them.  Here are a few they shared with the crowd.

  • “PLTW has helped me be brave and given me more confidence to express my thoughts and ideas with others.”
  • “I am not afraid of failing anymore. I know I can work with my teammates to figure it out.”
  • “With all of the communicating and collaborating we do, I’ve moved outside of my comfort zone.”
  • “Before Project Lead the Way, I didn’t know what an engineer was, but now I know what I want to be when I grow up … a mechanical engineer.”

Congratulations scholars on an amazing job! See for yourselves. Please check out a rehearsal of their four-minute presentation at this Facebook link.