Jimmy Brown Elementary in Star City is one of 44 schools in the nation selected to pilot the newest science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) program for elementary school students. 

The elementary STEM program is designed and developed by Project Lead the Way, the nation’s leading provider of STEM education curricular programs for middle and high school students. Project Lead the Way is currently a part of the educational offerings for students at the middle and high school at Star City. By offering this new elementary STEM program to students at Jimmy Brown Elementary, the Star City School District will offer PLTW within the entire district for students to participate in hands-on project based learning to provide them with a foundation and a proven path for college and career success.

Studies show that students decide as early as second and third grade whether they like, and think they are good at, math and science. PLTW’s elementary program is designed for students in kindergarten through fifth grades and will align with standards such as Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards. Through a series of topic based modules, students will engage in design problems that will encourage collaboration, analysis, problem solving, and computational thinking.

Stacy Reynold, the instructor designated as the master teacher for the elementary pilot, will help instruct the professional development for the teachers at Jimmy Brown who will be involved in the pilot program.

The 44 schools invited to participate in the pilot program will test 12 STEM modules and play an integral role in the development of the final version of the curriculum by providing feedback on their expereinces to PLTW. This feedback will influence the development of engaging curriculum and balanced assessment for elementary students, and the creation of effective professional development for instructors. The final version of the elementary program will be available to all school districts in the United States for the 2014-2015 school year.

For questions about Project Lead the Way program at Star City School District, contact Gina Richard at (870) 628-4111.