Elkhorn students present science, tech projects to legislators

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Staff | March 17, 2014

ELKHORN. – Students and teachers from across Wisconsin, including Elkhorn Area High School, presented their science and technology projects to legislators in the state Senate and Assembly March 14 as part of Project Lead The Way-Wisconsin Legislative Day. The event capped “Celebration of STEM Education Week” in Wisconsin.

More than 50 middle school and high school students explained their class projects to legislators in the Capitol Rotunda. The event was designed to show how PLTW furthers the education of thousands of Wisconsin students and assists in creating a future workforce with greater technical proficiency in the state.

“Legislators saw the fascinating things that Project Lead The Way students are enjoying as they blend science, technology, engineering, and math concepts,” said Steve Salter, PLTW-Wisconsin Affiliate Director. “Wisconsin legislators have a history of supporting PLTW and have in the past authorized funding that has helped fuel the expansion of the program to nearly 400 schools and 45,000 students in the state.”

Legislators visited the students, asking questions and learning about the innovative science and technology curriculum being taught.

A number of STEM-related programs and contests are conducted statewide, but only PLTW offers students the chance to earn college credit. The University of Wisconsin (UW) System allows students who complete certain PLTW high school classes to earn advanced standing credit at UW System schools. Additionally, program credit and/or scholarships are available through Marquette University, the Milwaukee School of Engineering and many of the UW System and Wisconsin Technical College System campuses.

According to U.S. government data, job openings requiring STEM expertise increased more than 18 percent in recent years. Wisconsin's fastest-growing industries and highest-demand jobs are in fields requiring a background in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. PLTW provides students with rigorous pre-engineering and biomedical science programs using the latest in high-tech computer software.

For more information, visit www.pltw.org or Wisconsin's PLTW website, www.pltwwi.org.

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