South Park High School Earns National Recognition for Engineering Program

South Park High School Earns National Recognition for Engineering Program
Posted on 05/20/2022
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South Park High School has been recognized as a 2021-2022 Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Distinguished School. Only 191 high schools across the country received this prestigious honor for providing broad access to transformative learning experiences for students through PLTW courses. This national distinction is in recognition of the high school’s PLTW engineering courses.

Distinguished Schools are committed to increasing student access, engagement and achievement in their PLTW programs. To be eligible for the designation, South Park High School had to meet the following criteria in the 2020-2021 school year.

  • Had 25 percent of students or more participate in PLTW High School courses, or of those who participated during the 2020-21 school year, at least 33 percent took two or more PLTW courses during their tenure at the school;  
  • Offer and had students enrolled in at least three PLTW High School courses;  
  • Had strategies and procedures in place that support reasonably proportional representation with regard to race, ethnicity, poverty, gender, and can support such claims with relevant data. 

“We are honored to recognize South Park High School for its unwavering commitment to provide students with an excellent educational experience despite the last two years having been some of the most challenging in recent history for students and educators across the U.S. due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dr. David Dimmett, Interim President and CEO of PLTW. “South Park High School should be very proud of its achievements in unlocking its students’ potential and equipping them with the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in life beyond the classroom no matter what career path they choose.”

South Park High School offers a four-level honors engineering pathway in ninth through twelfth grades. Mr. Dave Bailey teaches the freshmen- and sophomore-level courses (introduction to engineering design and principles of engineering) in the pathway. Students in introduction to engineering design focus on the engineering design process, parametric 3D modeling and reverse engineering. In principles of engineering, students explore a wide range of engineering topics in this rigorous course in applied physics.

Mr. Eric Wisler teaches the junior- and senior-level courses. Juniors in digital electronics

delve into circuit design and Boolean logic. The senior-level engineering design and

development class is utilized as a research, development and prototyping course.

PLTW is a nonprofit organization that serves millions of PreK-12 students and teachers in more than 12,200 schools across the United States. PLTW Engineering empowers high school students to step into the role of an engineer and adopt a problem-solving mindset. Students engage in collaborative, real-life activities like working with a client to design a home, programming electronic devices or robotic arms, and exploring algae as a biofuel source.

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