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Nashoba Valley Technical High School has received a grant from Project Lead the Way to offer high-quality science, technology, engineering and math programs.
Nashoba Tech’s mission is to provide the highest-quality career and technical education to prepare students for the world of college and career, and Director of Curriculum Gabriella White said the $20,000 grant will further that mission for students in the Programming & Web, Engineering and Robotics programs through equipment and training for the ever-changing world of computer programming and cybersecurity.
Nashoba Tech is one of 73 schools across the state to receive the Project Lead the Way grant, which is supported by the administration of Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, as well as the One8 Foundation and Mass STEM Hub.
“It is essential that we engage our students throughout their K-12 school years with hands-on lessons in science, engineering, computer science, technology and math,” Lt. Gov. Polito said.
Nashoba Tech will use the grant to strengthen its existing Programming and Web technical programming by incorporating Project Lead the Way Computer Science. The grant will also support teacher professional development and the purchase of materials and equipment that will be used in the hands-on, activity-, project- and problem-based courses.
Programming and Web is looking forward to reimagining the program and hopes to cross over with Engineering Technology in the near future,” said John Gold, a Programming & Web Development instructor at Nashoba Tech. “The Project Lead the Way grant will allow us to infuse new technology for our students, as well as make it easier to integrate.”
Project Lead the Way is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for K-12 students and teachers through pathways in computer science, engineering and biomedical science. More than 10,500 schools across the country offer PLTW programs to millions of students.
Nashoba Tech has received several grants totaling more than $1 million in the past three years, including $495,000 from the Workforce Skills Capital Grant program and $101,476 from the Massachusetts Life Science Center, both for the school’s Engineering Academy, and another $500,000 from the Massachusetts Workforce Skills Capital Grant program to renovate and update its Advanced Manufacturing program.