In 2014-15, Rancho Vista launched a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) program for fourth and fifth grade students. The goal of the program is to provide students hands-on experiences with the sciences and engineering that will prepare them for success in today’s technology and science driven society. PVPUSD selected the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) LAUNCH curriculum for the program. PLTW STEM curriculum has already been used successfully at the middle and high school for many years.
Both the fourth and fifth grade STEM programs consist of two units. The fourth grade curriculum focuses on building cars using VEX kits to explore energy and collisions. The fifth grade curriculum has students build remote controlled robots with VEX kits and then learn basic computer coding to program them to operate autonomously.
In 2016-17, all students will experience PLTW LAUNCH curriculum.
The STEM program is paid for by the Peninsula Education Foundation (PEF). PEF funds many important curricular and extracurricular programs at our school. You support of PEF is appreciated. Donate today at www.pvpef.org!