Preparing Middle Schoolers For The Future

Preparing Middle Schoolers For The Future

From Brian Dye

We are raising money for materials to implement Project Lead The Way curriculum units. These are units that will address the unique learning needs of our middle school students in order gain 21st century skills.

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Middle school is a time of exploration, a time when students are figuring out what they’re passionate about today and how that relates to who they’ll become tomorrow. During this transitional time, PLTW Gateway’s 10 units empower students to lead their own discovery. The hands-on program boosts classroom engagement and excitement, drives collaboration, and inspires “aha! moments” and deep comprehension. And as students engage in PLTW’s activities in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science, they see a range of paths and possibilities they can look forward to in high school and beyond. 

We are looking to raise $7,000 in order to purchase the tools and materials needed to begin the program. The majority of these materials will be a one-time purchase and will be used for years to come. The cost to sustain the program is lower than the start-up cost. Implementing PLTW will help us better serve students who come from poverty, minority students, and female students. The program will give them an opportunity to experience and develop 21st Century Skills.  These skills include but are not limited to: critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, communication, information literacy, media literacy, technology literacy, flexibility, leadership, initiative, productivity, social skills. By developing 21st Century Skills, Radford Bobcat students will be better prepared for college or to enter the workforce.

Would you consider sponsoring our efforts and making a tax deductible donation to provide underprivileged students and their peers with materials needed to be successful in the PLTW units?

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