Friday, October 11, 2013
PRIME, a community-based approach to manufacturing education, is part of a commitment by the SME Education Foundation (SME-EF) to address the shortage of manufacturing and technical talent in the United States. Model schools funded by PRIME offer a STEM-based curriculum (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) that helps prepare young people for highly-skilled, good-paying jobs in demand by today’s manufacturers. All but two of this year’s selected schools offer the Project Lead The Way (PLTW) STEM program. PLTW is the nation’s leading provider of in-school STEM curriculum programs, with partnerships in more than 5,500 schools nationwide.
PRIME model schools partner with local manufacturing businesses to offer students a range of valuable benefits: mentoring, tours of businesses, job shadowing and internships. Eleven new PRIME schools were added to the 2013-2014 school year, joining 15 other PRIME schools located throughout the country, totaling 26.
“The PRIME award will support funding for equipment and software for Wando High School. It will also provide access to scholarships, funding for a summer engineering camp and help create professional partnerships in our community,” said David Roemer, Dean of Math, Science and Engineering at Wando.
The SME Education Foundation is committed to inspiring, supporting, and preparing the next generation of manufacturing engineers and technologists. Created by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers in 1979, the SME Education Foundation has provided more than $33 million in grants, scholarships, and awards since 1980 through its partnerships with corporations, organizations, foundations and individual donors. To learn more, visit the SME Education Foundation at smeef.org.
Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is the nation’s leading provider of in-school STEM curriculum for middle and high school students. PLTW’s world-class, activity-, project- and problem-based curriculum and high-quality teacher professional development model, combined with an engaged network of educators and corporate partners, helps students develop the skills needed to succeed in our global economy. More than 5,500 schools across the United States offer PLTW’s.