HW Smith Students Represent Syracuse City Schools at National Event
Published on 10/30/17
District News Academics HW Smith K-8 School
Students and educators from HW Smith Pre-K-8 School were among an elite group selected to present to more than 2,000 attendees at the national Project Lead The Way (PLTW) conference – PLTW Summit 2017 – in Orlando this month. They were one of just 18 groups from across the United States chosen as a model for middle schools offering PLTW’s computer science curriculum.
Last year, HW Smith received a grant from PLTW made possible by Verizon to purchase equipment and get trained in the PLTW Computer Science. That grant allowed Technology Education teacher Scott English to put key concepts to use in his Design and Modeling class, giving students the opportunity to learn about the computer science topic and explore more than they normally would in the Design and Modeling curriculum.
“The students in this building have worked really hard to succeed in the PLTW curriculum,” Mr. English said. “The students here at HW Smith have the opportunity to explore engineering and computer science, which they have done with great enthusiasm. We are very proud of our students and we are thrilled that they earned this opportunity to present their skills at the national level.”
PLTW Summit 2017 is the premier gathering for a group dedicated to preparing students with the in-demand and transportable skills they need to succeed in college and careers. Guests included educators, students, university leaders, and business and industry leaders.
HW Smith K-8’s students, Hakima Ahemd, Adriana DiFlorio, Aniyah Jones and Victoria Beard, had a presentation space in the conference’s exhibit hall to interact one-on-one with attendees. They attended three days of conferences and meetings, connecting with other people that have taken PLTW courses and landed careers in the field, students currently going through PLTW and others. The students explained to people during the Engage Expo about what they have learned in computer science and the projects they have created. They presented about apps they created and had the opportunity to network with PLTW alumni and leaders from businesses and higher education institutions interested in students with STEM skills.
“HW Smith K-8 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 invited them to share their stories to inspire attendees and provide best practices that they can be taken back to other communities to benefit students across the country. We were thrilled to have PLTW students and teachers from HW Smith K-8 joining us in Orlando for PLTW Summit 2017.”
PLTW Summit 2017 featured generation expert Matt Beaudreau as a keynote speaker. In his keynote, Beaudreau identified ways to better engage K-12 students in their learning and addressed topics including communicating, collaborating, and problem-solving with people from different generations. HW Smith K-8’s students had the opportunity to meet with Beaudreau and learn about the different communication behaviors in each generation to help them as they think about their futures in college and career.
For more information, visit PLTW.org/Summit.