MEDWAY – Medway Middle School Principal Amanda Luizzi and Medway High School Principal John Murray are pleased to announce that both schools have been recognized as Project Distinguished Schools 2020-2021.
Medway Middle School is one of 158 colleges to be recognized as Distinguished Gateway School and Medway High School is one of 204 high schools to be recognized as Distinguished High School. Both are national honors that recognize the work of schools in providing broad access to transformative learning opportunities for students through PLTW programs.
Both schools had to meet a number of criteria regarding courses or units offered, student participation, and strategies that support proportional demographic representation. Learn more about the criteria here.
Three Project Lead the Way courses are offered at Medway Middle School. Sixth grade students take App Creators, which introduces them to computers through the development of mobile applications. In seventh grade, students learn about the design process and apply it by designing a therapeutic toy for a child with cerebral palsy. Eighth grade students can follow Automation and Robotics, in which they explore mechanical systems and computer control systems.
“Courses like App Creators and Automation and Robotics encourage creativity and collaboration among our students, introduce them to PLTW topics and concepts and allow them to see the avenues available to them at the high school level,” said principal Luizzi . “Our teachers have worked hard over the past year to ensure that our students have access to meaningful learning opportunities during the pandemic, and I am happy to see their work honored with this recognition as a PLTW Distinguished Gateway. School. “
Medway High School adopted the PLTW Engineering Program by offering the Introductory Engineering Course (IED). The high school was able to add additional PLTW courses as the curriculum developed, including Principles of Engineering (POE), Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA), and the Capstone Project course. The PLTW engineering course is complemented by many of the school’s physics courses, allowing students to make connections between engineering designs and concepts learned in physics.
MHS also added the Biomedical Sciences track, which includes Principles of Biomedical Systems (PBS), Human Body Systems (HBS), Medical Interventions (MI) and a Capstone Project course. The path of biomedical sciences is also supplemented by many biology courses in the school. MHS students can choose either route or try both.
MHS also currently has an active Science Olympiad club and a Women in STEM club, and many members of both clubs are involved in at least one of the PLTW courses. The PLTW program has also inspired the development of introductory and advanced high school robotics programs and a robotics club.
“We are proud to offer several PLTW courses and we are always delighted to see a high level of participation among our students,” said Director Murray. “PLTW programs are of tremendous benefit to our students, enabling them to engage in critical thinking, problem solving, and hands-on learning in the classroom – skills that will benefit them no matter what career path they take. they decide to continue. We would not be able to offer these courses and clubs without the dedication and hard work of our PLTW teachers.
PLTW also provides professional development opportunities and ongoing support for teachers. Learn more about PLTW here.