PLTW Distinguished School Science Academy Shares Teaching Practices and Strategies

Project Lead the Way Distinguished School STISD Science Academy Welcomes Visitors to Learn About its Programs
Posted on 02/06/2020
This is the image for the news article titled Project Lead the Way Distinguished School STISD Science Academy Welcomes Visitors to Learn About its ProgramsScience Academy was named a 2018-2019 Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Distinguished School in spring 2019, and as such, had the privilege of sharing its program and teaching practices with 15 school district representatives from throughout the RGV and elsewhere in the state in January.

During the visit, Science Academy students shared with the teachers, career and technology counselors, and career and technology directors in attendance various projects they developed through their engineering courses, including recyclable insulation; a compound machine; a desk organizer; beam deflection activity; Solar/Hydrogen fuel cell vehicle; some CNC mill projects; air foil/wind tunnel; and from the biomedical sciences, a death mystery project where students had to determine how a person died by exploring medical history, including heart disease, diabetes, etc.

Along with the Texas PLTW Director of School Engagement, the representatives spoke with students about their experience at South Texas ISD Science Academy, observed classes in action as they toured the Congressman Ruben Hinojosa Science Academy Innovation Lab, and interacted with engineering faculty.

The campus was named a PLTW Distinguished School for last school year for providing broad access to transformative learning opportunities for students through PLTW Computer Science, Biomedical Science, and Engineering. Through the campus visit, observers gained insight into how PLTW programming can support all three pathways.

More than 300 high school PLTW programs exist within Texas. Science Academy is the only high school in the Rio Grande Valley, and one of just six high schools in the state to receive the PLTW Distinguished School honor for 2018-2019. PLTW will announce its Distinguished Schools for the 2019-2020 school year in March 2020. For more information about PLTW’s recognition program, visit

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for PreK-12 students and teachers across the U.S. PLTW empowers students to develop in-demand, transportable knowledge and skills through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science. PLTW’s teacher training and resources support teachers as they engage their students in real-world learning. Approximately 11,500 elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia offer PLTW programs. For more information on Project Lead The Way, visit