Contributed by Sarah Connell, APS Media Specialist

Auburn, Mass. – Auburn Public Schools announced today that they have received $25,000 in grant funding to offer a new curricular program from Project Lead The Way (PLTW) that will better prepare students for career success. PLTW is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for PreK-12 students and teachers through pathways in computer science, engineering and biomedical science. [school] joins more than 11,500 schools across the country offering PLTW programs to millions of students.

“This Project Lead the Way grant will result in the implementation of a research-based curriculum targeting computer science and robotics for every student at Swanson Road Intermediate School,” said Media Specialist Sarah Connell. “PLTW will not only enhance innovative and higher order thinking among students; it will also allow them to capture the process in writing and solicit meaningful feedback.”

Swanson Road Intermediate School is just one of 58 schools across the commonwealth to receive the grant, which is supported by the Administration of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, the One8 Foundation, and Mass STEM Hub.

“We are very excited to be able to bring this exciting opportunity to our K-2 students at both Bryn Mawr and Pakachoag Schools. This program will help students develop many skills such as problem solving, critical and creative thinking, collaboration, and communication – that they will use both in school and for the rest of their lives, on any career path they take,” said primary school Media Specialist Kerry LeBreton.

“Engaging our students throughout their K-12 school years with hands-on lessons in science, engineering, computer science, technology and math will prepare them for success after high school and strengthen the Massachusetts workforce,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, who co-chairs the STEM Advisory Council.

The Auburn Public Schools will use grant funds to start its PLTW program with PLTW Launch. Funds from the grant will also support teacher professional development and the purchase of materials and equipment that will be used in the hands-on, activity-, project-, and problem-based courses.

“We are proud to partner with Swanson Road Intermediate School to empower students to develop the in-demand knowledge and transportable skills to thrive in our evolving world,” said Vince Bertram, PLTW president and CEO. “Thank you to the Governor’s Office, the One8 Foundation, and Mass STEM Hub for making these grants possible and further investing in Massachusetts’s students.”

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for PreK-12 students and teachers across the U.S. PLTW empowers students to develop in-demand, transportable knowledge and skills through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science. PLTW’s teacher training and resources support teachers as they engage their students in real-world learning. Approximately 11,500 elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia offer PLTW programs. For more information on Project Lead The Way, visit pltw.org.