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Education Outreach partner recognized

Oct. 29, 2013 College News - St. Thomas More High School, one of the Biotechnology and Bioengineering Center's Education Outreach program partners, won the Education category at the 10th annual sySTEMnow Conference’s Excellence in STEM Awards (The Stemmys) presented by STEM Forward. Recipients were honored at a ceremony at the Italian Community Center on Oct. 22.

In 2004-2005, St. Thomas More High School (STM) implemented the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Engineering program, making a significant commitment of ongoing resources toward the program. In the first year, STM offered two engineering classes and enrolled 33 students. In 2006, STM became the first Project Lead the Way-certified high school in Milwaukee. In the fall of 2009, STM became the first Catholic high school in Wisconsin to offer the PLTW Biomedical Science program. In 2011, STM became the first high school in Wisconsin to receive PLTW certification for both its Biomedical Science and Engineering programs.

Over the span of these years, the program has grown to offer a full four-year sequence of courses in both engineering and biomedical sciences. In the current academic year, 242 students out of the total student body of 462 students are enrolled in PLTW courses. There are 130 students in the Engineering program and 112 students in the Biomedical Science program.

The STM leadership team and PLTW instructors develop partnerships with businesses that employ engineers or other engineering-related staff, as well as those in the biomedical science industry. Both PLTW programs have created a “Business Partnership Team” that meets quarterly to discuss the needs of the PLTW students and content in the PLTW courses.

Specific companies and community-based organizations that have invested their time and resources to support the PLTW programs at STM are Badger Meter, Collins Engineers, C.G. Schmidt, Electro Kinetic Technologies, GRAEF, Habitat for Humanity, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Johnson Controls, Rockwell Automation, Harley Davidson, and the College’s Biotechnology and Bioengineering Center.

 

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