In partnership with Butler Tech and Edgewood City Schools, our EMS 7th Grade STEM class has been involved with PLTW (Project Lead the Way). Students were challenged to design, test and build a prototype model from one of the following: 1) build an organizer for a hobby, sport or for school; 2) construct a piece of furniture that offers additional benefits; or 3) design & build a foot/ankle orthosis for students suffering from cerebral palsy.
After completing their project, students presented and demonstrated their work to each other. From all of these presentations, Ashlee S., Heidi W., and Kiera S. were selected to represent Edgewood City Schools at the Student Gallery event, hosted by Butler Tech. This team chose to build a prototype model of a foot/ankle. orthosis. This project was completed in just 5 days.
Students participating in the event were from several Butler County school districts. Each student shared their PLTW experience along with providing an overview of how they created their prototype models and answering numerous questions from the crowd. Kiera, Ashlee and Heidi were well-prepared, poised and confident as they interacted with the crowd. They were great representatives for our school district!
Overall, the PLTW experience was impactful for our students. They learned multiple aspects of design and building as well as learned how to collaborate, effectively communicate and successfully work as a team. This experience not only provided them with an opportunity to find a solution for a real-world problem, learn more about potential career opportunities, but also develop other essential skills that will benefit them throughout their life.