Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy is now implementing a pre-engineering program and making educational partnerships to ensure they continue to offer rigorous and relevant instruction that focuses on truly integrating math, science, technology, and engineering into real-world problem solving settings.
“We are really excited to bring this program and partnership into our school to help our students follow their interests in engineering careers,” said PMSA Principal Ed Moyer. “We anticipate that the rigor and quality of the program will provide a great foundation that helps prepare our students for their next steps in college and the real world.”
PMSA has adopted proven programs designed through professional Business & Industry resources such as the National Science Foundation. They also follow curriculum as designed by the associated organizations Project Lead the Way (PLTW) and Engineering by Design from the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA). Project Lead the Way focuses on offering STEM courses which to integrate math, science, technology and engineering into rigorous, real-world problem solving settings.
This approach is now offered in more than 3400 middle and high schools across the country, with more than 300,000 students involved. In Illinois PLTW now has over 100 schools and 10,000 students involved. Each high school in the program generally adds one course a year to meet its 4 course program overall commitment. Students are encouraged to take as many courses as possible, building on the “foundation” courses, and then branching out to one or more specialty courses, and/or a capstone Engineering Design and Development Project centered on a real-world local problem. This intensive problem-solving approach also involves extensive written and verbal communication and group problem solving skills.
“The pre-engineering program represents a major enhancement to the curriculum at PMSA,” said PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “By participating in this program our students will be better prepared to compete in, and to pursue careers that are in high demand. We are pleased that PMSA has begun the first year of their career and technical education program with such high-powered curriculum.”
PMSA’s educational partnership was designed to foster career and technical education that helps students become more competitive in college and beyond. The pre-engineering program is also an effort by PTHS 209 to promote more hands-on learning experiences.