Liberty High School in the Wentzville School District has received national certification for their Engineering and Biomedical Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Programs.
PLTW offers students a hands-on curriculum that incorporates science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) into real life projects. PLTW has been offered in the Wentzville School District since 2007, and Liberty joins Timberland and Holt, which were the first two high schools in the county to receive the national certification in 2011.
“It’s a great honor, but the real winners here are our kids,” said Liberty Principal Phil Ragusky. “It is so important for our students to have access to these STEM classes so they can develop the critical thinking and problem solving skills that will enable them to be the leaders of tomorrow.”
The national certification recognizes schools that have successfully demonstrated a commitment to the PLTW philosophy. National certification provides an opportunity for students to apply for college credit and scholarships at universities all over the country. More than 40 college and university partners offer students credit for completing certain PLTW courses in high school.
Liberty currently offers Principles of Biomedical Sciences, Human Body Systems, Introduction to Engineering Design and Principles of Engineering. “These are very rigorous courses and they help our students become the best of the best. No matter where they end up, the lessons they learn in these classes are invaluable,” said PLTW Instructor Meghan Aydelott. “The students absolutely love coming to class and taking on these challenges that will help them in any field.”
Next year, Liberty will also offer Medical Interventions, Aerospace Engineering, and Computer Science and Software Engineering.
The national certification team met with teachers, administrators, and students and reviewed student work in the PLTW classes at Liberty. “This is a big step to now have all three of our high schools nationally certified,” said Superintendent Dr. Curtis Cain. “Our continued emphasis on STEM courses will serve our students well and help to lay the foundation for their future success.”