This time, they were the students.
The teachers participated in a two-week interactive STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) training program focusing on engineering and computer science. The hands-on approach allows the educators to better prepare for implementation of Project Lead The Way curriculum in their classrooms this fall.
Project Lead The Way is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for K-12 students and teachers across the United States with STEM education courses in more than 8,000 schools nationwide.
Dr. Vince Bertram, president and CEO of PLTW, was on-site to help facilitate the training. He says the main goal is to instill confidence in the teachers who play the role of educating the next generation of STEM workforce employees.
Rowan University became a PLTW Affiliate in 2006.
As an affiliate, the university runs PLTW training in the state and acts as a liaison between New Jersey schools that offer PLTW classes and the national PLTW organization. It also hosts an annual PLTW State Conference and serves as a resource for teachers in the community.
“We recognized PLTW as an important initiative to increase the readiness or preparation of students to pursue science and engineering degrees in college,” said Rowan affiliate director Douglas Cleary. “We also felt PLTW provided a curriculum and the support that schools would need to keep their program running after implementation.”
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that during the period 2010–20, employment in science and engineering occupations will grow by 18.7 percent. For some students in South Jersey, those jobs seem out of reach.
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