The UK College of Engineering hosted Project Lead the Way’s Gateway Academy June 13-17 on UK’s Lexington campus. Thirty-five students who will be entering 7th grade participated in the curriculum, which involved bridge building, an “Eggstronaut” egg drop contest and constructing rockets made from plastic bottles—which were launched on the lawn of UK’s Main Building.
“A lot of the kids here this week don’t have access to Project Lead the Way in their schools,” said Dianne Leveridge, Director of PLTW. “We believe their excitement about engineering and what they experienced this week will open some doors where PLTW is currently not available.”
Three certified PLTW teachers coordinated the week-long event, assisted by three College of Engineering students: Isaac Allen, Jeremy Bailey and Campbell Revlett, along with political science major Katie Moran.
Leveridge considered the week a success. “Gateway Academy is a fun way to promote the value of rigorous STEM education in our schools.”