Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Seattle Schools Announces New Partnership for Roosevelt

From SPS Communications:

Roosevelt High School was one of 11 schools around the country that recently joined 15 other PRIME schools, a program that offers a community-based approach to manufacturing education.

The PRIME (Partnership Response in Manufacturing Education) model is a call to action designed to create strong partnerships between organizations, businesses, and exemplary schools to provide a comprehensive community-based approach to manufacturing education.

PRIME, 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 over 5,500 schools nationwide.

PRIME logoPRIME model schools partner with local manufacturing businesses to offer students a range of valuable benefits: mentoring, tours of businesses, job shadowing and internships. Schools also receive funding to support postsecondary scholarships, equipment upgrades, STEM-based summer camps for middle school kids and continuing education for instructors. PRIME schools encourage young people to become makers and builders, to discover for themselves not just how things work but why.

Bart Aslin, CEO of SME Education Foundation, said young people should enroll in STEM-based education programs. “The careers available with modern manufacturers are not like the ones that existed 40 or 50 years ago. Today, you work with very sophisticated software and equipment on significant projects that impact people living all over the world," he said. "Manufacturers are looking for creative thinkers who enjoy solving complex puzzles and this is the kind of talent our PRIME schools produce.”

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

So a new version of shop class? Not a bad deal.

-Lemons

Anonymous said...

This is the only Web page anywhere that I can find that refers to this happening. Does anybody have information on what this will actually mean for the school? Is it just a hollow designation, or will the be new courses and a manufacturing lab made available?

Bill Ritchie said...

How about art equipment, i.e., etching press manufacturing, a clever way to bring the "A" into STEM and get a little arts and crafts people to help. - Seattle Printmakers Center

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