Fortville, McCordsville, Mt. Comfort Elementary and Mt. Vernon Middle School have been recognized as Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished Schools for providing broad access to transformative learning opportunities for students through PLTW Launch. These three elementary schools are three of just 134 schools across the U.S. to receive this honor. PLTW is a nonprofit organization that serves millions of PreK-12 students and teachers in schools across the U.S.
Project Lead The Way is a mission-driven organization that is transforming the learning experience for millions of PreK-12 students and thousands of teachers across the U.S. PLTW empowers students to develop in-demand, transportable knowledge and skills through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science. PLTW’s teacher training and resources support teachers as they engage their students in real-world learning.
MVCSC wants to congratulate all three elementary schools and Mt. Vernon Middle School on this achievement. These schools “are empowering students to thrive in an evolving world and achieving exemplary results from their Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Launch programs.”
The PLTW Distinguished School recognition honors schools committed to increasing student access, engagement, and achievement in their PLTW programs. To be eligible for the designation, McCordsville, Mt. Comfort and Fortville Elementary Schools had to offer at least one PLTW Launch module in each grade (K-5) and had at least 75 percent of students in their schools participate in at least one PLTW Launch module during the 2020-21 school year.
In order to receive the PLTW Distinguishment, Mt. Vernon Middle School had to offer at least one PLTW Launch module in each grade (6-8) and had at least 50 percent of students in their schools participate in at least one PLTW Launch module during the 2020-21 school year. Additionally, at least 25 percent of students who participated in a PLTW Gateway unit during the 2020-21 school year also had to participate in at least one other PLTW Gateway unit at Mt. Vernon Middle School. Lastly, the middle school also had to ensure that they supported proportional representation in the PLTW modules.
Studies show that students decide as early as elementary school whether they like, and think they are good at, math and science. Whether designing a car safety belt or building digital animations based on their own short stories, PLTW Launch students engage in critical and creative thinking, build teamwork skills, and develop a passion for and confidence in STEM subjects.
“It is a great honor to recognize Fortville, McCordsville, Mt. Comfort Elementary Schools and Mt. Vernon Middle School for their commitment to providing students with an excellent educational experience,” said Dr. Vince Bertram, President and CEO of PLTW. “They should be very proud of their work to ensure students have the knowledge and skills to be career ready and successful on any career path they choose.”
McCordsville Elementary, Mt. Comfort Elementary, Fortville Elementary School and Mt. Vernon Middle School are a 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.
Congratulations to the students and staff of McCordsville Elementary, Mt. Comfort Elementary, Fortville Elementary and Mt. Vernon Middle School!
For more information about PLTW’s recognition program, visit pltw.org/our-programs/program-recognition.