Since the 2014-2015 school year, District 47 has provided STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) opportunities to students at the elementary level in partnership with Project Lead the Way (PLTW). On their website, PLTW states that it strives to “create an engaging, hands-on classroom environment and empower students to develop in-demand knowledge and skills they need to thrive.” For our Kindergarten through 5th grade students, we utilize the PLTW Launch program. The PLTW Launch program encourages exploration, play-based learning and discovery. Within the STEM classroom, students employ and develop their skills in critical thinking, collaboration, perseverance, creativity, and citizenship.
We are very proud that every one of our nine elementary schools has earned the Distinguished Launch Program Recognition from PLTW for the last two years in a row.