Project Lead the Way

Naperville School District 203 is creating more opportunities for scientific discovering and hands-on learning for students through a federal program.

At the district’s latest board meeting, Director of Instructional Technology John David Son presented an overview of Project Lead the Way.

The nationwide initiative is driving new curriculum geared towards science technology engineering and math, or STEM fields.

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, by 2018 the number of STEM jobs is expected to grow by 17%.

This year, District 203 schools started offering a ”Design and Modeling” course for sixth graders and an “Automation and Robotics” class for seventh and eighth graders.

“When we talk about STEM, we know that Project Lead the Way is an excellent program and curriculum that we and other districts have implemented for our students to start gaining some of those STEM skills that are out there,” said John David Son, Director of Instructional Technology.

District staff want to explore the idea of additional Project Lead the Way courses, including for summer school.

They also hope to form an advisory committee of staff, parents, and business partners.

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