Students and educators from Eastlake High School in the Socorro Independent School District are among an elite group selected to present to hundreds of attendees at the Project Lead The Way (PLTW) national conference – PLTW Summit – in San Antonio later this month.
Eastlake is one of eight groups from across the country chosen to present; they were selected based on the school’s exceptional implementation of their PLTW program.
“Our SATA program is very unique,” said Matthew Coles, computer science instructor at Eastlake High School. “Students learn something different in the computer science field every year, and we are honored for the opportunity to showcase their work at the PLTW Summit this year. Projects include, coding, web development, videogame development, and cybersecurity. We owe a debt of gratitude to PLTW and SISD for their huge part in developing our program.”
The School of Advanced Technology Applications (SATA) is an advanced academics academy at Eastlake High School. The computer science program provides students with the opportunity to learn about advanced technology through a problem-based curriculum that prepares students to be college and career ready.
PLTW is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for PreK-12 students and teachers, partnering with 11,500 schools across the U.S. to deliver hands-on programs in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science. Eastlake offers all three of PLTW’s high school programs – PLTW Computer Science, PLTW Engineering, and PLTW Biomedical Science.
Eastlake students will present on the main general session stage on Oct. 29 to more than 500 guests. They also will have the opportunity to network with PLTW alumni and leaders from businesses and higher education institutions interested in students with STEM skills.
“Eastlake High 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’ve 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. We are thrilled to have PLTW students and teachers from Eastlake High School join us at PLTW Summit.”
In addition to PLTW Summit San Antonio, there are three other PLTW Summit experiences taking place this school year:
- PLTW Summit Kansas City, Nov. 14-16, 2018
- PLTW Summit Anaheim, Feb. 1-3, 2019
- PLTW Summit Indianapolis, Feb. 17-19
PLTW Summit, sponsored by Chevron, is the premier gathering for individuals dedicated to preparing students with the in-demand and transportable skills they need to succeed in college and careers.
Guests will include PreK-12 educators, students, university leaders, and business and industry leaders.