Hewes Middle School Receives Grant to Implement Nation’s Leading STEM Education Program

Kim Pyle

Hewes Middle School STEM teacher, Mrs. Kim Pyle, recently became the recipient of a $10,000 grant from Project Lead The Way (PLTW), the nation’s leading provider of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs. The grant was made possible by a generous donation from SunPower. Funds from the grant will support further growth and development of the program on the Hewes campus. This will include the purchase of materials and equipment that will be used for project based activities in the classroom. Professional development will also be a key component in the continued growth of the program.

This is the first year of the implementation of the STEM program at Hewes. The school currently offers 7th grade STEM classes. This program emphasizes the integration of core math and science topics with skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, and teamwork – the top in-demand skills identified by business and industry leaders for success in the global economy. These classes cover some of the following topics: automation, robotics, engineering and 3-D software. This program engages and challenges students’ natural curiosity and imagination and sets them up for further STEM learning in high school and beyond. Hewes anticipates the addition of 8th grade STEM classes in the Fall of 2014.