Local students leading the way

MERCEDES — Four students are putting their campus on the map.

How?

By making a presentation next month at the Project Lead the Way Summit in Anaheim, Calif., said Amanda Odom, spokesperson for the South Texas Independent School District.

Odom said four students from the Science Academy of South Texas will talk about how Project Lead the Way has helped them.

“Science Academy was selected based on the school’s exceptional implementation of PLTW,” she said.

PLTW is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for Pre K-12 students and teachers. Science Academy offers PLTW computer science, PLTW biomedical science and PLTW engineering.

“The students will present on how the PLTW program has influenced them,” Odom said. “They are one of just five groups from across the country chosen to present.”

The invitation to make their presentation in California validates the work being done at Science Academy, said Principal Irma Castillo.

“We are extremely proud of our students for being recognized for their efforts,” Castillo said. “Teachers work diligently to ensure they offer a rigorous, hands-on learning experience that will prepare students to be critical thinkers and problem solvers.”