David Thibodaux STEM Magnet Academy has been awarded a grant to fund two educational programs through a partnership with Chevron and Project Lead The Way (PLTW). Project Lead The Way high school Pathway to Engineering program and middle school Gateway to Technology will deliver an exciting project-problem-based learning environment.

“Project Lead The Way is very grateful for the support of Chevron,” said Robin Schott, Vice President of the West Central Region of PLTW. “Together we’re committed to providing world-class STEM education to the students at David Thibodaux STEM Magnet Academy to help prepare them for the global economy. Thanks to Chevron, we are making a difference in the lives of Louisiana students.”

Project Lead The Way, is the leading provider of rigorous and innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education curricular programs used in middle and high schools across the U.S. Their mission is to help prepare students for the global economy through world-class curriculum, high-quality professional development, and an engaged network.

“Chevron is committed to supporting the communities where we live and operate,” said Warner Williams, Vice President of Chevron’s Gulf of Mexico division. “That means investing in programs and partnerships that support education as well as employment, business development, the environment and health. STEM is a vital part of Chevron’s initiatives that work to give our children the foundation they need for a better future, which in turn, supports the community as a whole. We’re proud to bring these two programs to David Thibodaux STEM Magnet Academy.”

The Lafayette Parish School System is proud to announce the following grants being awarded to David Thibodaux STEM Magnet Academy; a $50,000 two-year grant to fund the implementation of PLTW’s Pathway to Engineering LPSS’s high school students. This grant will provide $35,000 for year one, and $15,000 for year two; both of which may be used for equipment and professional development. In addition, a $10,000 one-year grant has been awarded to supplement the GTT (Gateway to Technology) program for 6-8th grade students; this may also be used for equipment or professional development.
PLTW is a non-profit organization focused on the enhancement of STEM educational programs. The program offered by PLTW engages students in activities, projects, and problem-based (APPB) learning, which provides hands-on classroom experiences.
For more information on Project Lead The Way and details regarding the curriculum they will be offering to DTSM Academy please visit, www.pltw.org