Industry Partnerships

Currently, there are no examples for Elementary School.

Example

This Middle School is the only school in the area that has adopted PLTW for every student. They work closely with Project Lead the Way for training and curriculum.

QUALCOMM initiated the Think a Bit project for 6th graders which then developed into a partnership.

The Middle School staff built relationships with the QUALCOMM individuals who designed Think a Bit.

Students are hosted at QUALCOMM to learn coding and create projects in which creativity and technology meet. The Design Studio concept was a match for QUALCOMM’s beliefs.

The Middle School conducts discussions with QUALCOMM regarding their anticipated workforce needs to illustrate and prepare students for school to career pathways. The School emphasizes the importance of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills 4C’s (Creativity, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Communication).

Every 7th grader goes for a campus tour at the local University and University students come to school to run an after-school science program. It is important to create relationships with common beliefs and goals.

Key Strengths

  • A reciprocal relationship with partners, both in Industry and Higher Education, support PLTW instruction and bring in real world connections for students.

Example

ExplorOcean (Now called Discovery Cube), a local non-profit, provides instruction in the classroom. Students work collaboratively on projects.

Recently eighth grade students built solar powered model cars.

Teachers also get the opportunity to work with STEM professionals.

Key Strengths

  • Partnership with a local non-profit can provide access to STEM professionals for both teachers and students.

Example

The school has a very active foundation and PTSA.

The PTSA is focused on school to career preparation and hosts Career Panels during the year. The Career Panels are presented at night so that both parents and students may attend.

Speakers include professionals from industry and the arts on a variety of practical and relatable subjects.

The High School also hosts Career Chats at lunchtimes where industry professionals come to speak on careers, including speakers from the gaming industry, broadcasting, and the Navy.

Key Strengths

  • Tapping the expertise from working professionals in STEAM professions and including parents help articulate career pathways for students.