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Peterson Elementary Honored for Commitment to STEM Education by Project Lead The Way

Published: May 27, 2024


HUNTINGTON BEACH...Huntington Beach City School District (HBCSD) proudly announces that Peterson Elementary has been recognized as a 2023-24 Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished School. This prestigious award is granted to a select group of elementary schools across the United States that excel in providing students with transformative STEM learning experiences through the PLTW Launch program.

To qualify, Peterson Elementary had to ensure that over 75 percent of its student body participated in the PLTW program and that at least one PLTW Launch module was offered at each grade level during the 2022-23 school year.

PLTW Launch is an elementary STEM curriculum designed to spark students’ interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through hands-on activities, projects, and real-world problem-solving. The program integrates various disciplines, including computer science, engineering, and biomedical science, while reinforcing essential math and English Language Arts (ELA) skills. Even the youngest learners engage in activities that adhere to rigorous science standards and help them build foundational skills across multiple disciplines.

PLTW Launch offers flexible implementation options to fit different school needs. The modules can be incorporated into regular classrooms, special rotations, grade-level rotations, after-school programs, or summer learning initiatives, allowing schools to tailor the program to their specific requirements.

Project Lead The Way is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to making STEM education accessible and successful for millions of PreK-12 students and teachers across the U.S. The organization’s mission is to equip students with the skills and knowledge necessary for future success in STEM fields.

"We are honored to be recognized as a PLTW Distinguished School. This award highlights our commitment to providing excellent STEM education,” said Peterson Principal Dr. Kevin Smith-Johnson. “Our students and teachers have worked hard, and we are very proud of their achievements," he said.

Research indicates that students often decide as early as elementary school whether they are interested in and feel competent in math and science. Through PLTW Launch, students at Peterson Elementary engage in critical and creative thinking, build teamwork skills, and develop a passion for and confidence in STEM subjects. Whether designing a car safety belt or creating digital animations from their stories, students are inspired to explore and excel in STEM.

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