John M. Clayton Elementary School announced March 1 it was recognized as a Project Lead The Way Distinguished School for providing broad access to transformative learning opportunities for students through PLTW Launch.

It is one of 214 elementary schools across the U.S. to receive this honor. PLTW is a nonprofit organization that serves millions of pre-K-12 students and teachers in schools across the U.S.

"Mrs. Swartz, our STEM instructor and robotics coach, should be commended for earning this honor for John M. Clayton Elementary School,” said JMC Principal Allisa Booth. “Over the past three years, she has created a stellar program from scratch, providing all of our students with hands-on activities through engaging instruction. The Project Lead the Way curriculum allows our students to be creative problem solvers and innovative thinkers on a daily basis. Thanks to Mrs. Swartz, JMC students are ready for Selbyville Middle School’s STEM program as well as real-world challenges."

The recognition honors schools committed to increasing student access, engagement and achievement in their PLTW programs. To be eligible for the designation, John M. Clayton Elementary had to offer at least two PLTW Launch modules at each grade level and have more than 75 percent of the student body participating during the 2017-18 school year.

Studies show that students decide as early as elementary school whether they like and think they are good at math and science. Whether designing a car safety belt or building digital animations based on their own short stories, PLTW Launch students engage in critical and creative thinking, build teamwork skills and develop a passion for and confidence in STEM subjects.

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