Steilacoom‚ÄîAlmost everything will be new for students at Pioneer Middle School this fall. Besides the inaugural year of a brand new, 106,000-sq. ft. school, the students will encounter an exciting new curriculum called ‚ÄúProject Lead the Way.‚Äù
The program is funded by a $32,000 grant from Intel Corporation and provides 30 high-powered computers for use by SHSD‚Äôs middle school students as they explore the world of technology and engineering.
Intel makes donations of new computer equipment to K-12 public school districts through its Technology for Schools grant program. These equipment grants promote the use of technology as a learning tool in support of science, math and engineering education.
‚ÄúStudents who wonder why math and science are important will discover some of the answers in this new curriculum,‚Äù said Rick Meeder, Community Relations Manager for Intel in DuPont. ‚ÄúThey‚Äôll have fun as they learn. We are delighted to help Steilacoom Historical School District No. 1 take this bold step to engage students through relevant and rigorous courses.‚Äù
Project Lead the Way courses are designed to introduce students to technology and engineering, using an activities-based learning approach. The course also promotes communication and collaboration by emphasizing a team approach in the instructional units. In the middle school course, students complete units in automation and robotics, design and modeling, science of technology and electronics.
Demonstrations of the new technology will be featured at the school‚Äôs Grand Opening, set for 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20 at Pioneer Middle School at DuPont/Northwest Landing. Classes at the school officially begin on Thursday, Aug. 28. 2008. The school is located at the corner of Bob‚Äôs Hollow Lane and Wren Road, just off Center Drive.