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High school nationally recognized for STEM education programming

Students of Hurd’s Computer Integrated Manufacturing class, Megan Stanford, left, Victoria Wright and Elisabeth Pittman, work on a conveyor belt transfer system that they built, programmed and tested.

Students of Hurd’s Computer Integrated Manufacturing class, Megan Stanford, left, Victoria Wright and Elisabeth Pittman, work on a conveyor belt transfer system that they built, programmed and tested.

— “We are excited to recognize these schools for their exemplary work with students on a daily basis,” said PLTW President and CEO Vince Bertram. “Teachers in these classes are inspiring students and unlocking their potential for success and achievement. This work does not happen in isolation. The community, business, and industry partnerships that make this work possible should be commended as well.”

Cazenovia High School not only has bright pupils, but also strong ties to the engineering community. GHD recently sponsored two teams of students at the annual Electrathon, on Oct. 29, which Cazenovia won. Competing teams built single-person, lightweight vehicles powered by hydrogen fuel cells.

Numerous retired engineers volunteer their time weekly in the engineering design and development course, and many after school programs, like Electrathon, are offered to enrich classroom learning, including the Sensis Engineering Challenge, SME Robotics Competition, among others.

For more information about PLTW’s hands-on, project-based programming, and a full list of the 16 national model schools, visit pltw.org.

Pierce Smith is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at 434-8889 ext. 338 or editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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