Star City High School announced today that it is the recipient of a $10,000 grant from Project Lead The Way (PLTW), the nation’s leading provider of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum. The grant was made possible by a donation from Bemis Company.

Funds from the grant will support the school’s PLTW engineering program, including continued teacher professional development and the purchase of materials and equipment for the hands-on, project-based classes that are a distinguishing characteristic of PLTW’s curriculum.

“We are excited about our Pathway to Engineering curriculum and thankful to our community partners, especially Bemis Company for their generous contribution,” said Star City High School Principal Mike Walker. “This program is having a significant impact on the students enrolled in it and we are looking forward to their contribution to the workforce in STEM related fields.”

Star City High School has offered PLTW’s Pathway To Engineering (PTE) curriculum since the 2012 school year. In PTE classes, students immerse themselves in the concepts of engineering, learn and apply the design process, and build strong teamwork, communication, and problem-solving skills.

Through the hands-on, project-based classroom learning, students learn how to apply the skills they’ve learned in math and science to real-world applications, setting them up for postsecondary and career success. In many cases, students have the opportunity to earn college credit through their PLTW courses.