Carman-Ainsworth aims to lead the way

FLINT TWP. — Carman-Ainsworth has applied for a three-year grant from Project Lead The Way (PLTW) to fund an engineering track curriculum starting next school year.

The competitive grant provided by General Motors would be used to bring in a greater focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum, said Dave Swierpel, C-A director of community education.

The grant application was submitted last week and a response is expected by the first of February. If granted, a C-A staff member would be trained over the summer and the curriculum would be implemented in the fall of 2014 Swierpel said.

The grant request is for $10,000 the first year, $15,000 the second year and $10,000 the third year of the program, Swierpel said. New curriculum would be introduced each year as part of a Pathway to Engineering track.

PLTW’s offers three programs: Gateway To Technology (GTT) at middle schools and Pathway To Engineering (PTE) and Biomedical Sciences Program (BMS) at high schools.

PTE courses at CAHS would be handson and project based.

“Students create, design, build, discover, collaborate and solve problems while applying what they learn in math and science,” according to a curriculum description provided on the PLTW website at “They’re also exposed to STEM fields through professionals from local industries who supplement the realworld aspect of the curriculum through mentorships and workplace experiences.”

PLTW programs are currently operating in other Genesee County school districts — Northwestern High School in Flint; Grand Blanc High School and West and East Middle Schools, Davison High School and Lake Fenton High School and Middle School, according to the PLTW website.

More than 4,700 schools in all 50 states and Washington D.C. offered PLTW courses in the 2012-13 school year. More than 3,000 teachers are trained each year to teach PLTW’s engaging, rigorous

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