Students in the seventh and eighth grades at St. Agnes participate in the Project Lead the Way (PLTW.org) Gateway curriculum: Design and Modeling and Medical Detectives. This nation-wide program promotes independent, collaborative, critical-thinking skills, which is part of our STREAM mission at St. Agnes.
Project Lead the Way uses the Activity-Project-Problem Approach in instruction. This format gives students the skill-set to work through mini, relevant projects that build up to a final all-encompassing real-world problem. Students have the opportunity to use their “essential or soft skills” by showcasing their design processes, critical thinking skills, and collaboration skills in a comprehensive presentation of completed projects, including a 3-D prototype completed in a PLTW classroom experience.
These courses give our students the opportunity to continue their proficiency at meeting the high 21st Century standards today’s new workforce demands.