Chelmsford Adopts Project Lead the Way
Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is the leading provider of rigorous and innovative STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education curricular programs used in schools. PLTW exists to prepare students for the global economy through its world-class curriculum and an engaged network of educators, students.The hands-on, project-based program engages students on multiple levels, exposes them to areas of study that they typically do not pursue, and provides them with a foundation and proven path to college and career success. More than 4,700 schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia are currently offering PLTW courses to their students. For more information, visit www.pltw.org.
At CHS the PLTW: Introduction to Engineering (IED) course is offered for the 2017-2018 school year. Students can choose that course now in the online course requests or can see their Guidance Counselor to request this new course for September.
At this time STEM courses at CHS include Robotics (1 Semester), Computer Programming in "C", Introduction to Computer Programming in JAVA (1 Semester) AP Computer Science A as well as Media Internship (1 semester).
The Parker and the McCarthy Middle Schools are offering PLTW’s Gateway To Technology program which engages the natural curiosity and imagination of middle school students while introducing them to engineering, robotics and computer modeling. The Design and Modeling course is taken by all 7th graders for one term each. The Automation and Robotics course is taken by all 8th-grade students for one term.
The Design and Modeling course is taken by all 7th graders for one term each preparing students for Introduction to Engineering at CHS. The Automation and Robotics course is taken by all 8th-grade students for one term preparing students for Computer Programming or Robotics at CHS.
Beginning in Spring 2017, Sixth-grade computer lab students will take a selection of lessons from the PLTW: Introduction to Computer Science that will build on skills learned through Code.org and Scratch lessons in K-5 Computer Lab weekly classes.