After earning a BS in Technology Education at Millersville University in 1992, Curt Reichwein returned to the world of engineering. In 1998 after the birth of his son, Curt decided to leave engineering and teach. He applied to 14 schools and North Penn was the first to call. He joined the Technology Education Department in the fall of ’98 as a mechanical drawing teacher. It was in 1998 that North Penn decided to look into and ultimately launch the Project Lead The Way Engineering Program. North Penn was the first school in Pennsylvania to adopt the program. The five course sequence took three years to roll out and become certified to offer college credit to high school students.
Once certified Curt decided to apply to become a PLTW Master Teacher for the Introduction to Engineering Design course. He was the first Pennsylvania teacher to become a master teacher for any of the PLTW courses. He is a master teacher still in 2016 and has been involved in many aspects of the PLTW program. Curt has been a part of curriculum development, assessment writing and various other professional development programs with Project Lead The Way over the years. Project Lead The Way has allowed me to impact change in engineering education at the national level for many years and that has been something I am very proud of as an educator.
Today Curt is in his 18th year at North Penn High School where they run both a traditional technology education program alongside the Project Lead The Way program. The program serves approximately 360 students in 19 different course offerings.
The Franklin Avenue Middle School STEM program was created to identify and explore the interconnected nature of science, engineering, math and technology to bring all students authentic experiences that lead to future careers. The integrated STEM program is providing Franklin Avenue Middle School students with opportunities to apply engineering and 21st century concepts and skills through collaborative, project-based learning experiences to enrich and extend the content of their core science courses. These experiences evolve in real time along with research and discoveries in the Sciences. The new curriculum was written by the STEM teacher, Eileen Antonison, and was designed to align with the Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core Math and Language arts, and Technology Standards. All students in grades 6-8 are engaged in inquiry, innovation, and interdiscplinary problem based units and leave the course with a better understanding of how problem solving, collaboration, and creative thinking can lead to exciting STEM careers.
The National Academy of Engineering has launched LinkEngineering, a new website to support implementation of preK–12 engineering education in the United States.
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