Project Lead the Way
During the 2015-16 school year, St. Michael’s Episcopal Day School launched Project Lead The Way, a new hands-on, project-based science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curriculum in Kindergarten through third grade. St. Michael’s is one of few schools in the greater Sacramento area to adopt this new curriculum which is designed to engage young students in math and science, better preparing them for the jobs of the future.
“PLTW has a long history of successfully engaging students in STEM subjects,” said Mary Heise, Head of School. “We are excited to offer PLTW Launch to our students as it inspires them to be excited about math, science, and STEM concepts. PLTW also perfectly complements the existing STEM curriculum and programs of study that we have at St. Michael’s.”
Through Project Lead the Way, St. Michael’s students become problem solvers. They engage in activities that encourage collaboration to explore topics such as energy, light and sound, motion and stability, and gravity.
“Implementing Project Lead the Way in our lower school science program this year has been so rewarding. I have seen just how well teaching through real-world problems can have a positive effect on the way that children think, communicate and learn. This program has made it abundantly clear that science is learned through asking questions and exploring possible solutions. I know that the tools that we are giving our young students in the classroom are ones that they will take with them through the rest of their academic and professional lives,” explained lower school science teacher Emily Graffis.