PROJECT LEAD THE WAY
A STEM INITIATIVE FOR BILLINGS PUBLIC SCHOOLS
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE EDUCATION FOUNDATION FOR BPS
Welcome to the future! Billings Public Schools, the Education Foundation and community leaders are taking a bold step to immerse our students in a rigorous Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) curriculum. We are committed to boosting student engagement and innovative thinking while developing problem-solving and communication skills. Buoyed by the success of the Billings Career Center's Pre-Engineering and Biomedical Sciences program, our leadership team chose Project Lead the Way's elementary curriculum, Launch to get things started.
In an effort to develop a pipeline of STEM-savvy students, we propose offering Project Lead the Way’s Launch program for our kindergarten through fifth grades students, the middle school curriculum Gateway, and continue expansion of programs at the high school level. We propose a multi-year implementation, starting with five elementary schools beginning the 2014-15 school year: Arrowhead, Beartooth, Bench, Miles Avenue, and Washington Elementary Schools. This approach allows us to work with a smaller group of students and work out any problems before implementing across the district. The Billings Career Center - a high school providing career & technology education for Billings Skyview, West, and Senior High students - will expand the Biomedical Sciences career pathway to include the third year course of Medical Interventions. They already offer Principles of Biomedical Science (year 1) and Human Body Systems (year 2).
We know there is more work to be done to support our students in providing 21st Century skills and curriculum to increase the opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. There is a great need in our community, state, and nation to prepare our students for careers in these fields.
THANK YOU TO OUR DONORS..... Their support has made Project Lead the Way a success for nearly 2,000 students this school year in grades Kindergarten through 5th grade. Thank you for your leadership and investment in our students' futures and in our future community and workforce.