Coral Academy of Science Las Vegas (CASLV) has launched the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) program for 5th grade students at its Centennial Hills campus, making it one of only three schools in Nevada to offer this program at the elementary school level.
PLTW is a science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) program that combines the Next Generation Science Standards with an emphasis in engineering. The program uses technology; such as tablets and robotic components; to create projects that teach students collaborative skills, how to solve hands-on projects, and experience a series of activities that rely upon teamwork to complete a major challenge.
The 5th grade curriculum used by CASLV will focus on the ways robots are utilized as part of the present world and the effect they have on society and nature. The major challenge for students will be to use their knowledge of robotic components to design a robot that can be controlled remotely to remove hazardous materials from a disaster site.
“Exposing younger students to Project Lead the Way will be a remarkable learning experience for them,” said CASLV Executive Director Ercan Aydogdu. “These kinds of programs are significant in shaping young minds and helping prepare future generations for these kinds of careers.”
CASLV hopes to expand the PLTW program to additional grade levels in the near future. The demand for future engineers will continue to grow, so the need to introduce engineering and design programs using robotics into the middle school curriculum is vital.
About Coral Academy of Science Las Vegas
Coral Academy of Science Las Vegas is a K-12 state-sponsored tuition-free public charter school with emphasis in the areas of math, science, and technology. The school was designated as a high achieving school by the Nevada Department of Education two years in a row and successfully participates in many academic competitions, such as Science Olympiads, Science Fairs, statewide Science Bowls, Math Counts, and Lego Robotics. Coral Academy of Science Las Vegas is ranked as the 6th best and most challenging high school within Nevada, according to the U.S. News and the Washington Post. More information is available at www.caslv.org.