Barker students pose with projects created using a 3D printer in the Intro to Engineering Design (IED) class. Featured L-R are  Heather Lewis, Elyanah Goodall, and Hanson Huang

Barker Middle School in the Michigan City Area Schools is a Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Distinguished School – one of 12 across the state to receive this recognition. PLTW is a nonprofit organization that offers hands-on curricula in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science.Through PLTW, students learn to adapt and excel while discovering their potential and the opportunities that await them. It is described as a transformative learning experience that comes to life in the classroom thanks to the vision and dedication of teachers and administrators.

All Barker students take courses in PLTW’s Gateway to Technology track, encompassing topics that include  Design and Modeling, Automation and Robotics, the Science of Technology, Green Architecture, and Energy and the Environment. Many students also opt for additional coursework in a Problem-based Technology elective class.

In 2017, Barker earned a 5-year certification as a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) school from the Indiana Department of Education.

Follow the (external) link for more information about Barker’s Distinguished School designation, please see this  news release from PLTW.
IUSA joins Michigan City Area Schools in congratulating Barker Middle School and wishing them continued success.
This post and accompanying photo are thanks to a collaboration with Betsy Kohn, Director of Communications, Michigan City Area Schools.

Indiana’s urban schools offer Hoosier students a rich array of programs, services, and opportunities. IUSA appreciates the opportunity to share the stories that demonstrate what the schools have to offer and the many successes their students, faculty and staff achieve.

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