White Mountains Regional School District Visits Project Lead the Way at the Parker Middle School

White Mountains Regional School District Visits the Parker Middle School

Superintendent Dr. Harry Fensom and teachers from the White Mountains Regional School District in Whitefield, New Hampshire visited the Parker Middle School on Thursday, November 13 to observe the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Program.

“We are happy to have visitors to see how well the program is going.” said Dr. Jeff Parks, Principal of the Parker Middle School. “We’re very proud that our students are learning engineering, robotics, and computer modeling”.

The purpose of the White Mountain’s visit was to observe a Project Lead The Way program in action. White Mountains Regional is exploring the offering a Project Lead the Way Middle School Program. The Parker and the McCarthy Middle Schools are offering PLTW’s Gateway To Technology program which engages the natural curiosity and imagination of middle school students, while introducing them to engineering, robotics and computer modeling. The Design and Modeling course is offered to all 7th grades, while 8th graders take Robotics and Automation.  Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is the leading provider of rigorous and innovative STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education curricular programs used in schools. PLTW exists to prepare students for the global economy through its world-class curriculum and an engaged network of educators, students. The hands-on, project-based program engages students on multiple levels, exposes them to areas of study that they typically do not pursue, and provides them with a foundation and proven path to college and career success. More than 4,700 schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia are currently offering PLTW courses to their students.

According to Dr. Marilyn Sweeney, the department coordinator of Technology Business and Technology Engineering, “Often, we have visitors to the PLTW program. Last school year, the Wakefield Public Schools visited us. We are proud to show off the hard work and commitment for technology engineering here in Chelmsford.”

For more information on Project Lead the Way, visit www.pltw.org


For more information on the Parker Middle Schools, please visit http://www.chelmsford.k12.ma.us/parker

Author: Anne-Marie Fiore

Anne Marie is an instructional designer who works with educators to design, develop, and deliver instructional products and experiences. She knows that instructional designers wear many hats. They not only write objectives, create online courses, and develop assessments but also do video production, podcasting — even build websites.In addition to instructional designer, Anne Marie has worked as a curriculum specialist, assistant professor, and technology director. She was recognized by the Huffington Post as a Top Social Media Tech Leader and recently won a “Grand Award for Learning Program Design” in the 32nd Annual APEX Awards for Publication Excellence. Anne Marie holds a doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction from Northcentral University.In her spare time, Anne-Marie enjoys several hobbies; blogging, watching way too many true crime documentaries on the ID channel, and Star Trek. She lives in Hudson, New Hampshire, with her husband, Kenneth.