MJHS Receives PLTW Grant

MJHS Receives PLTW Verizon Grant
Posted on 05/08/2018
This is the image for the news article titled MJHS Receives PLTW Verizon GrantMarshall Junior High School has been awarded a Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Verizon grant of $15,000 in support of the Computer Science for Innovators and Makers course, which teaches students that programming goes beyond the virtual world and into the physical world.

The grant was made possible with support from the PLTW partner, Verizon Innovative Learning.

In the course, students are challenged to creatively use sensors and actuators to develop systems that interact with their environment. Designing algorithms and using computational thinking practices, they code and upload programs to microcontrollers that perform a variety of authentic tasks.

Verizon Innovative Learning and PLTW partnered in 2014 to ensure that students have access to the computer science curriculum and skills they need to succeed in our rapidly advancing, technology-based economy. Since 2014, Verizon has provided technology tools and grants that have empowered teachers to deliver computer science curriculum in more than 325 middle schools across 36 states. Through this partnership, more than 54,000 students have had the opportunity to develop in-demand computer science knowledge and skills that will serve them on any future educational and career paths they take.

The grant will be implemented over the next two years, with $10,000 being awarded in 2018-2019 followed by an additional $5,000 in 2019-2020.

The course is the first of several PLTW courses to be introduced into the MISD STEM program at MJHS. These courses will include App Creators, Automation and Robotics and Medical Detectives.

MISD opened its STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) program at South Marshall Elementary School in the fall of 2014 as a K-4 program. The program has been expanded by one grade level per year since and is in its inaugural year of operation at Marshall Junior High. The opening of the Legacy 2017 schools in Marshall ISD moved the elementary STEM program to the newly renovated Sam Houston Elementary School.