FLINT TWP. — Baker College of Flint donated 20 iPad’s to the Carman- Ainsworth Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Launch program, according to a press release.
Project Lead the Way is the nation’s leading provider of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) curriculum. The PLTW Launch provides kindergarten through fifth grade students with hands-on experience in STEM programs. Students use structured approaches, like the engineering design process, and employ critical thinking as they solve problems. They apply STEM knowledge, skills, and habits of mind, learning that it is OK to take risks and make mistakes.
Carman-Ainsworth was the first school district in the state to provide Launch for every K-5 student during the school day.
The donation from Baker supplements existing iPads at each elementary school. Dr. Anca Sala, Dean of Engineering and Computer Technology at Baker, is a member of the Carman- Ainsworth STEM Partnership Team and secured the donation of the gently used iPad’s. After seeing a Launch presentation at a Partnership meeting, Dr. Sala looked for ways within her department to help the Launch program.
“We’re happy to help. PLTW is a great program,’” she said.
Dr. Steven Tunnicliff, Carman-Ainsworth Superintendent said: “This is a very generous donation and allows us to provide a 2:1 student to iPad ratio for Launch which exceeds the minimum requirement established by PLTW.”
In addition to Launch at its elementary schools, Carman- Ainsworth offers other PLTW programs. Automation & Robotics, and Design & Modeling are part of the Gateway to Technology program. CA Middle School and CA High School offer programs in Engineering and Biomedical Sciences. Carman- Ainsworth has also submitted a grant to Verizon that would provide a PLTW Computer Science curriculum at the middle school.