Nottingham was one of three school communities in Arlington to receive a grant from Project Lead the Way (PLTW). PLTW sponsors are aware that, “Global and local challenges surround us.” PLTW’s vision and mission is to address these challenges, and acknowledging that “We need people who know problem-solving strategies, think critically and creatively, communicate and collaborate with others, and persevere when something does not work the first time. Whether designing and producing prosthetics or deploying innovative water filtration devices in developing countries, PLTW students and the teachers who support them will be empowered to make a difference in their classrooms, in their communities, and around the world.” Project Lead The Way provides hands-on learning experiences for K-12 students and teachers across the U.S.
At Nottingham, Librarian Nicole Gustafson and Science Lead Ofelia McKenzie are facilitating student learning in an engaging, hands-on curriculum that teaches real world problem solving, critical thinking and collaboration through engineering, biomedical science, and computer science. They are implementing the program with Nottingham Knights in Kindergarten through 5th grade this year. Modules will be implemented over the course of the year, and the curriculum will also be included in our GEMS after school Science program.