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PLTW Program Launch

Rhinebeck Central School District has announced that Project Lead The Way’s Middle School Gateway To Technology program will launch in September 2011.

Rhinebeck Science Foundation is proud to support this innovative curriculum which uses critical thinking, hands-on team building and problem solving to engage students in active learning.

In order to implement the Gateway To Technology, the Bulkeley Middle School technology lab will become a PLTW Innovation Zone, retro-fitted with:

  • 25 student computers and interactive white board and computer for teacher
  • PLTW’s proprietary software
  • Fabrication tables and tools for building models

The District’s Facilities team will work through the summer to get this space ready for the Fall of 2011.

Intense professional development will take place at RIT during the summer. Upon successful completion of the training, faculty will be certified PLTW instructors and the program will begin.

For more information about Project Lead The Way (PLTW) and the Gateway To Technology (GTT), please visit their website at

For more information about ways you can help fund this $100,000 initiative in our schools, please contact Jennifer Hammoud at

Why PLTW? (source: PLTW site)

  • PLTW is the nation’s leading provider of rigorous and innovative science, technology, engineering and math education.
  • PLTW classrooms are in more than 4,000 schools in all 50 states, serving more than 350,000 students.
  • Annual studies and surveys of the PLTW program have show it to be a launching pad for college and professional careers and a boost for academic performance.
  • PLTW students achieve significantly higher scores in reading, mathematics and science than other career and technical education students.