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CCHS offers hands-on engineering program

STEUBENVILLE — Steubenville Catholic Central High School announced it will offer Project Lead The Way’s high school engineering program.

PLTW is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for PreK-12 students and teachers, and Catholic Central joins more than 12,200 schools across the U.S. in offering PLTW programs to students. PLTW Engineering engages high school students in collaborative, real-life activities like working with a client to design a home, programming electronic devices or robotic arms, or exploring algae as a biofuel source.

As students work together to imagine and design solutions to local and global challenges, they test their limits and question what’s possible. And by pushing themselves to rework and refine their projects, PLTW Engineering students learn that both failure and perseverance are key to learning and innovation, according to information provided by Catholic Central officials.

“PLTW has a long history of successfully engaging students in relevant and engaging ways,” Thomas Costello, principal, said. “Catholic Central is proud to offer PLTW to our students, giving them an advantage over their peers when it comes to high school, college, and career readiness. We believe our community will also see the benefits of PLTW as the supply of highly skilled workers increases for local businesses.”

Even for students who do not plan to pursue engineering after high school, the PLTW Engineering program provides opportunities to develop highly transferable skills in problem solving, critical and creative thinking, communication, and collaboration, which are relevant for any coursework or career.

“Project Lead The Way is proud to partner with Steubenville Catholic Central to excite and engage students in math and science in relevant and engaging ways,” said PLTW President and Chief Executive Officer Vince Bertram. “Together, we’re helping students make connections between their classroom and careers and build transportable skills that will prepare them to thrive in our evolving world.”

PLTW programs also include professional development training that provides teachers with the support and resources they need to devote more time to inspiring students. Through PLTW Professional Development, teachers gain the content knowledge and pedagogy to lead their students through PLTW’s activity-, project-, problem-based curriculum. They also connect with other teachers across the country, joining a network in which they can share experiences and expertise with fellow educators who are teaching the same PLTW courses.

As Catholic Central begins PLTW, it becomes part of a community of PreK-12 schools, colleges and universities, and corporate and philanthropic partners across the country united around a passion for providing students with inspiring, engaging, and empowering learning opportunities.

Because of this engaged, national network, PLTW students often have access to opportunities including scholarships, preferred admission at colleges and universities, internships, industry connections, and avenues to highlight their achievements.

For information on Catholic Central’s new PLTW Engineering program or to set up a school visit, contact Costello at (740) 264.5538.

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