Indian Prairie School District 204 is drafting a blueprint for future education and moving forward with plans to become the first district in Dupage County to offer an expanded engineering program to high school students.
A national program, Project Lead The Way, will allow students that want to enter the engineering field to have a competitive edge and experience when entering college.
“It is really meant to bring outside instructors into the class and give the students an opportunity to experience more authentic engineering programs,” said Steve Skorup, and engineering instructor at Waubonsie Valley High School.
The planned program will supplement the courses already offered in the technology and engineering departments at the high schools. Traditionally, engineering is a field that is dominated by males, but project officials are working on ways to appeal to young women.
“Just to have more women and girls in the field is nice,” said Waubonsie Valley Senior Diana Chan. “Women should have the same opportunities.”
More than 180 students in District 204 are already enrolled in Engineering Design next year, the first course to be added to the new curriculum. Administrators hope to expand Project Lead The Way to middle school students next year, and eventually to elementary students.
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