Project Lead The Way
Canutillo Middle School students represent school and community at national event
Posted on 10/31/2018
This is the image for the news article titled Canutillo Middle School students represent school and community at national eventStudents and educators from Canutillo Middle School STEAM Academy were among an elite group selected to present to hundreds of attendees at the Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Summit in San Antonio October 29. They are one of just eight groups from across the country chosen to present; PLTW selected them based on the school’s exceptional implementation of their PLTW program.

PLTW is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for PreK-12 students and teachers, partnering with schools across the U.S. to deliver hands-on programs in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science. Canutillo Middle School offers PLTW Gateway.

“To be invited to have our students present at this year’s mainstage of the Project Lead The Way Summit in San Antonio is a great honor,” Canutillo Middle School Principal Daniel Medina said. “Our students have been working hard for"the past two years learning all about computer science and engineering to learn all they can. The ability to go and have them present just shows that what we are doing at our STEAM Academy is spot on.”

Canutillo Middle School students Aitiana Mondragon, April Ortega, and Annika Martinez presented on the main general session stage to a crowd of more than 500 guests. They also had the opportunity to network with PLTW alumni and leaders from" "businesses and higher education institutions interested in students with STEM skills.

“Canutillo Middle School is a true champion of PLTW’s relevant, engaging approach to learning, teaching, and community engagement,” said PLTW Senior Vice President and Chief Engagement Officer David Dimmett. “We invited them to share their stories to inspire attendees and provide best practices that can be taken back to other" "communities to benefit students across the country.”

Last year, CMS was awarded a Project Lead the Way Gateway grant for $20,000 made possible by Verizon Innovative Learning through the 2018-19 school year. At the STEAM Academy, students have unique learning opportunities in engineering, robotics, computer science, app creator, digital design, programing and coding-based coursework provided by PLTW."