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Young people are naturally curious about how something works and why it’s designed the way it is. We’re all basically engineers, at least intellectually. Some of us are motivated to take the next step to create something that solves a problem or fills a need. But we need the basic tools.
Project Lead the Way (PLTW) capitalizes on all of this. Through an activity, problem, and project-based curriculum it inspires students to use what they know to solve problems. PLTW has developed a world-class curriculum of STEM programs and a teacher professional development model—as well as a network of industry and community partners—to help students develop the skills necessary to succeed in today’s world.
Glenn Yamasaki, PLTW Engineering Teacher, Warren High School
Warren High School in Downey, CA, is a great example of how PLTW works. The PLTW engineering teacher there, Glenn Yamasaki, and his students are leading the way to award winning engineering programs.
Last year the Warren Engineering Team won the grand prize in the Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge at the NASA Johnson Flight Center in Houston, TX, the bronze medal in Mobile Robotics Technology at the annual National Leadership and Skills Conference and SkillsUSA Championships in Kansas City, MO, and the high school’s Columbia Memorial Space Center’s Robotics Team won in the Central Arizona VEX Competition in Phoenix, AZ.
To see what the Warren High School Engineering Team has already done this year, check out their Bear Engineering newsletters, Issue 1 and Issue 2 (two of the spiffiest high school newsletters I’ve ever seen).
Warren High School Engineering Team and their Solar-Powered Boat
In addition, Chevron has formed a partnership with Project Lead The Way to expand student access to STEM education. Check out this amazing video of how Warren High School and Chevron are making things happen.
The California Project Lead The Way offers “both a pre-engineering and biomedical sciences sequence of course work for high school students and a challenging, 10 week long, ‘activity oriented’ engineering-technology program for middle school students. Students are introduced to the scope, rigor, and discipline of engineering and engineering technology to really get a feeling of the rewards and benefits of being a part of such a powerful career.”
For more information about PLTW at Warren High School, contact Glenn Yamasaki.