Project Lead The Way Partnership Enriches IPS

Lead The Way Infographic5Three years ago, American Structurepoint made its single largest community service donation ever to expand educational opportunities to Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) students. In celebration of our company’s 50th anniversary, American Structurepoint invested $250,000 in Project Lead The Way (PLTW) programming for IPS students.

PLTW, an Indianapolis-based nonprofit, provides activity-based courses for grades Pre-K through 12 that build critical skills in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).  We recently received a program report from PLTW. I’m proud to share these highlights.

  • 3,200 Pre-K through grade 12 IPS students have received PLTW programming
  • 14 new or expanded PLTW programs launched in the 2019-2020 school year
  • 20 new PLTW programs launched for students in grades in kindergarten through grade 5
  • 16 new PTL programs launched for students in grades 6 through 8
  • 60+ teachers received PLTW collaborative professional development training
  • In 2017, students from a PLTW class funded by American Structurepoint competed in a global robotics competition.

These results are just what we envisioned when we made our initial investment to bring additional PLTW programming to IPS. More IPS students than ever before are receiving knowledge and transferrable skills needed to succeed in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science careers. 

These words from IPS teacher Leach Putnam Hallman captures even better the benefits of our PLTW investment.

“Project Lead The Way has meant so much to our students. As a Title-I school in a high poverty area of Indianapolis, our students do not always have access to the same opportunities as students living in more affluent areas. The program has raised the bar for learning and helped to level the academic playing field. When I teach PLTW, students are actively engaged and excited about the lessons. Some classes even cheer when I walk into the room.”

Her letter says it all for me. PLTW and American Structurepoint are making a difference in the lives of IPS students. It doesn’t get any better than that.

Firm Enters New Era at 9025 River Road

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Open Office Space Rendering

American Structurepoint proudly enters a new era at a new Indianapolis location – 9025 River Road on the northeast side of Indianapolis.

This move represents an exciting point in our company’s 52-year history. The new location serves as the corporate design center for our firm, which has grown to more than 450 employees working in 11 disciplines from 15 different design centers across the country. We now have our entire Indianapolis staff under one roof in the same building, which allows for better collaboration among our employees, teams, and disciplines. We are in a space that will be our home for years that will support our growing firm and gives us the room and amenities in an excellent location to help us retain and recruit new talent.

Our Indianapolis design center features updated, open workspace and plenty of natural daylighting on each floor, attributes that our employees told us they wanted in a new workplace. We also have many huddle rooms for impromptu meetings, state of-the-art conference rooms, a new café area where employees can eat and socialize, and expanded onsite exercise facilities.

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Meeting Spaces Rendering

Over the next few months, we will be adding final design touches to our new home. We want these touches to be reflective of our corporate culture and accentuate what we do best. These include installing our mission statement, core values, a community service wall, and a company timeline display in various locations throughout the building.

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Fourth Floor Cafe Rendering

Once all these are in place, we will host a public open house in 2020. We are eager to grow into our space and share it with you. Please watch this blog and check out our website and social media channels too for updates as we add more features to our beautiful new home.