Carson Middle School has been recognized as a Distinguished School for performing an exemplary Project Lead The Way (PLTW) program.
Carson Middle School has been recognized as a Distinguished School
for performing an exemplary Project Lead The Way (PLTW) program. Only 176
schools across the country received the top honors for their commitment to
student engagement and access.
Those schools and districts earning the recognition nationally
have empowered students to thrive in an evolving world and have achieved
exemplary results from their PLTW programs.
PLTW is a nonprofit organization that provides transformative
learning experiences for prekindergarten through 12th grade students and teachers through pathways in computer science, engineering and biomedical science.
"This nomination is only given to schools with a large
enrollment of the school population in the PLTW program, which, in our case,
also includes underrepresented populations and Free and Reduced Lunch (FRL)
students," said Katelyn O'Loughlin, sixth grade STEM teacher at Carson
Middle School. "We have a distinguished STEM program because of our hard work
and dedication to serving our students. Our deep belief that all children can
achieve and deserve a STEM education makes a difference."
Through the PLTW program, students developed STEM knowledge as
well as in-demand, transportable skills that they will use both in school and
for the rest of their lives, on any career path they take. PLTW Gateway
empowers students to lead their own discovery and uncover a range of paths and
possibilities they can look forward to in high school and beyond.
Carson Middle School uses gateway PLTW classes to bridge students
into the Carson High School CTE program. They strive to align with the high
schools in terms of Career and College Readiness standards. They also have
programs at the middle school level that feed into high school programs such as
robotics clubs, health sciences, Information and Media Technologies and Skilled
and Technical Sciences.
In all STEM classes, the school includes a unit or incorporate
different careers related to a particular STEM field of study. This helps students
to learn about those careers so they can start to plan a pathway for high
school and beyond. The STEM classrooms also create real-world work environments
where students get to imagine and design solutions by listening to others and
sharing their ideas.
Project Lead the Way Classes offered through the Carson Middle
School STEM Program include the following:
- App Creators
- Automation and Robotics
- Computer Science for Innovators and Makers
- Design and Modeling
- Energy and the Environment
- Flight and Space
- Green Architecture
- Medical Detectives