Grant to allow B-P project to expand

BROADALBIN — Thanks to a $6,551 grant from the Bender Scientific Fund of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region, Broadalbin-Perth will expand Project Lead the Way to more than 450 students in grades three to five starting in the fall.

Project Lead the Way is a nonprofit organization that provides teachers with curricula and learning materials that help students develop such skills as problem solving, critical and creative thinking, communication, and collaboration while exploring real-world challenges in the areas of computer science, engineering and biomedical science. Broadalbin-Perth introduced the PLTW “Launch” curriculum for students in grades K-2 during the 2018-19 school year.

B-P will use the grant to purchase teacher and student materials for each of the four PLTW units in grades three and four, as well as two of the units for grade five; the district will use other funds to purchase materials for the other two grade five units.

Beth Tomlinson, who teaches PLTW at TLC, reports that participating students in grades K-2 demonstrate more confidence in trying new things and that they learn that making mistakes is a good thing which helps them improve on their ideas.

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