Project Lead the Way (PLTW Launch)
Kennedy-Powell Elementary is one of just a few elementary schools in Texas and across the nation taking part in the newest Project Lead the Way (PLTW) STEM curriculum, named Launch. This is the newest STEM curriculum from the Indianapolis-based non-profit organization, Project Lead the Way (PLTW). Although this is the fifth full year of the PLTW Launch curriculum, it is the sixth year it has been at KP. The first year (2013-2014) KP was one of a handful of schools nationwide selected to pilot the PLTW Launch program. PLTW chose pilot schools based on the strength of their science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs. It evaluated not only a school's STEM initiatives, but also their demographics (gender and socioeconomic status) and the experience of a master teacher that could be trained to guide the program. Maribeth Brown, coordinator of Kennedy-Powell’s PLTW Launch program, currently fills that role. Kennedy-Powell Elementary was honored to be designated as a PLTW Distinguished Launch Campus for the 2017-18.