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Career Technical Education Students Present at Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Summit in Anaheim

To help prepare students for careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), SAUSD’s Career Technical Education (CTE) department has developed classes focusing on the Project Lead The Way (PLTW) curriculum, a rigorous, relevant and hands-on activity-based curriculum.

Students from the District’s PLTW classes recently showcased what they’ve learned during PLTW’s three-day Summit on February 1-3, 2019 in Anaheim.

Some students shared their experiences during the Summit’s General Session, while others led tours of three participating SAUSD campuses.

The PLTW Summit featured students, schools and projects from across the District.

Offsite tours of three SAUSD schools were also part of the workshops offered, in which participants had the opportunity to witness how SAUSD is implementing PLTW engineering and computer science curriculum in the classroom.

The tour of Roosevelt Elementary School, for example, included remarks by student ambassadors who showed participants the school’s robust range of special programs including 4th and 5th grade PLTW class projects, and the STEM Lab and Maker Space.

At McFadden Intermediate School, student ambassadors led participants in viewing classes in Computer Science, Medical Detective and Automation and Robotics.

And at Segerstrom High School, participants learned about SAUSD’s Aerospace Engineering program.

In addition, four SAUSD students spoke during the PLTW Summit General Session on February 2, 2019. Joseph Wilson and Charlene Michel from McFadden Intermediate School, Jaqueline Garcia from Century High School, and Adam Salguero from Segerstrom High School presented on the main stage. They were also invited to a special dinner along with their parents on the first night of the event.

The Exhibitor Hall also featured the Solar Electric car and some of the projects that engineering students from Century High School’s CTE classes have been working on.

SAUSD CTE has been working to extend career pathways from elementary school through high school to prepare students for expanding careers in STEM, and to help students develop skills in these rigorous fields.