ESUSD Honored as Distinguished District for Exemplary STEM Education

PLTW provides transformative learning experiences for PreK-12 students and teachers through innovative Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum.


PLTW supports an engaging, hands-on classroom environment that empowers students to develop in-demand knowledge and skills they need to thrive. The curriculum’s instructional design centers on hands-on, real-world activities, projects, and problems that help students understand how the knowledge and skills they develop in the classroom may be applied in everyday life.


“I would like to extend a tremendous thank you to Chevron and the El Segundo Education Foundation for their generous support over the years, through grants and funding for Project Lead the Way curriculum, to help ESUSD continue to offer this vital educational program districtwide,” said ESUSD Superintendent Melissa Moore.


ESUSD introduced PLTW in 2011 with engineering curriculum for middle and high school and PLTW biomedical science curriculum for the high school in 2012. In fall 2014, the elementary curriculum, “Project Lead the Way Launch,” was introduced for the fourth and fifth grades at Richmond and Center Street Schools. Supported by a grant from Chevron USA, it built on the PLTW Engineering Program at El Segundo’s middle school and high school. With the launch of the program for kindergarten through third grade in 2015-2016, all grade levels at ESUSD have access to the prestigious science and technology curriculum. 

PLTW’s recognition program honors districts and schools committed to increasing student access, engagement, and achievement in their PLTW programs. The schools and districts are recognized for empowering students to thrive in an evolving world and achieving exemplary results from their PLTW programs.

As students progress through grades PreK-12, they are empowered by PLTW curriculum to engage in problem solving and process thinking, develop technical knowledge and skills, build communication skills, and explore career opportunities. Studies show students exposed to challenging scientific and mathematical concepts before the fourth grade maintain an increased interest and passion for STEM coursework, which ultimately ties into career choices later in life in the engineering, technology, science, and math fields.


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