STEM Early College HS students to present at national conference

Four students from STEM Early College High School are among an elite group selected to present to more than 2,000 attendees at the national Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Summit in Orlando on Oct. 23 – 25.

Senior Noah Johnson, Sophomore Emma Garza, Sophomore Penelope Pongpiachan and Senior Omar Arredondo will travel with Ms. Jillian Ozuna to represent their high school at the national conference.

As part of the school’s MATE robotics team, they are excited to share their accomplishments and what they have learned in the classroom.

“Our STEM and PLTW courses have helped us with our robotics,” Noah said. “We try to use the design process that was taught in our Introduction to Engineering class in almost all of our functions that we do with robotics, so we’re going to talk about that.”

Together, the students are currently working on their presentation after school and on the weekends.

“We are looking forward to it,” Emma said. “We meet afterschool on Wednesdays and on Saturdays to prepare the outline of what we are going to talk about.”

Presenting to a large audience will be a new experience for them; however, they all feel confident and excited to learn from it.  

“I know it’s going to be different for us, but we’re also going to be able to improve our presentation skills and meet other students involved in robotics,” Penelope added.

LTW Summit 2017 is the premier gathering for the PLTW network of K-12 district, school and teacher leaders and STEM education advocates dedicated to preparing students with the in-demand knowledge and transportable skills they need to succeed in college and career. All attendees will discover the best practices for delivering and supporting hands-on learning experiences through more than 250 interactive workshops and other exciting sessions. 

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