Los Fresnos bringing Project Lead The Way

LOS FRESNOS — The Los Fresnos school district is about to take the wraps off Project Lead The Way, the acclaimed curriculum for engaging students in science, technology, engineering and math starting in kindergarten.

The idea is to get students interested in the STEM subjects early so that more of them will want to pursue careers as engineers, doctors, scientists, computer programmers and the like, said Valarie Londrie, the district’s executive director of academics.

Project Lead The Way is a nonprofit corporation that develops curriculum to teach the STEM subjects in ways that engage students and encourage them to become critical thinkers and problem solvers, the organization says on its website.

When school starts Aug. 15, Los Fresnos will begin teaching PLTW’s elementary school curriculum, PLTW Launch, to all kindergarten through fifth-grade students. In addition, PLTW for middle and high school will be available as an elective to secondary students across the district, Londrie said.

In preparation, the district’s lead teachers spent this past week learning the curriculum from PTLW trainers. In turn, they will teach the program to the rest of the teachers.

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