Soon, a sophomore comes in to work on the 3-D
printer that uses student computer designs to create actual prototypes.
When another class starts, a senior taking the school’s highest level
engineering class inspects the robot he built and its ability to travel
only along a piece of black tape on the floor using sensors.
first opting to work with national nonprofit Project Lead the Way just a
year and a half ago, WHHS and its students have come a long way in the
STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) arena.
WHHS offers Introduction to Engineering Design, Principles of
Engineering, Digital Electronics and Civil Engineering and Architecture, with curriculum
being provided by Project Lead the Way and classes being
added each year. The University of New Haven is also on board as a partner and resource for students and staff.
Such classes and programs teach a
different way of thinking, hands-on problem-solving (rather than
memorization and chalkboard lessons), teamwork and self-esteem, while
exposing kids to possible STEM careers and giving them a chance to earn
STEM education is at the heart of today’s high-tech, high-skill global economy. For America to remain economically competitive, our next generation of leaders -- the students of today -- must develop the critical-reasoning and problem-solving skills that will help make them the most productive in the world.
Eric Rice, Science Department Head & STEM/Project Lead the Way Liaison and Project Lead the Way Engineering & Physics Teacher; firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Barraco, Project Lead the Way (STEM) and Integrated Science Teacher; email@example.com
Robert Piccuillo, Project Lead the Way Teacher; firstname.lastname@example.org
Raffaela Fronc, Science and STEM District Coordinator; email@example.com
Click below for a Project Lead the Way informational video: