Students from Spring Valley High School’s Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Pathway to Engineering (PTE) program were invited to be part of the 20th Annual PLTW National Summit in Orlando, Florida October 22nd -25th. Hunter Donahoe, Nancie Harmon, Freja Karlander, and Diana Kim were made part of the Engage Expo which featured 18 high schools from about the nation selected for their accomplishments. These four students presented on behalf of Spring Valley High School, Wayne County, and West Virginia focusing on the Simulated Workplace Initiative. The students shared details about last year’s Big Hearts Give Tiny Homes Project and how the project ties in to Simulated Workplace with the over 2,000 summit participants at the Orlando World Center Marriott, which included fellow students, teachers, administrators, entrepreneurs, and decision makers from all over the country who came to share their success and ideas.
These students participated in various workshops and exciting sessions that helped them to connect with other students who are committed to their studies within STEM related fields. This was an engaging an unparalleled learning opportunity for these four students who were exposed to best practices from those dedicated to preparing students with the in-demand knowledge and transportable skills they will need to succeed in college and their careers.
In the workshops, students were asked to provide input about the classes that they are involved with, in order to institute meaningful change in how PLTW is run and how students receive information. Their insight will be considered and utilized to better grow the effectiveness of the PLTW courses. Every second was exciting and engaging. Each course had something to offer the student, teacher, administrator, and investor. We are all a little better for having attended this summit. Hunter, Nancie, Freja and Diana have returned to their school with a rejuvenated view of PLTW and STEM education. They have a new perspective of a farther reaching goal meant for them and their peers. They have been given the power to inspire and seek more from their education.
Student were accompanied by PLTW Teacher James Coble, Assistant Principal Hugh Roberts, and CTE Director Velvet Kelly.
Special thanks to sponsor Braskem, Project Lead the Way, Wayne County Board of Education, and Dr. Kathy D’Antoni’s office at the West Virginia Department of Education for making this experience possible.