Middle School

New STEM Pipeline Announced at Harlandale ISD

New STEM Pipeline Announced at Harlandale ISD

Exciting gateway to technology pathway will improve STEM awareness across four Harlandale middle schools.

P16Plus Council of Greater Bexar County joined Harlandale Independent School District (HISD) and Communities In School San Antonio (CIS-SA) as Tesoro Corporation presented $200,000 to fund the pilot model of the San Antonio STEM Pipeline Project across the four middle schools at Harlandale.

P16Plus will track, measure and analyze data collected from the pilot to discern best practices that can be replicated and scaled across Bexar County. A portion of the funds will pay for professional development for eight Harlandale middle school teachers who will participate in an intensive, two-week training at Tyler University this summer. The training component will instruct teachers on implementing Project Lead The Way (PLTW) – a data driven, hands-on, project-based, rigorous STEM curricula designed for elementary, middle, and high schools.

Not only will the pilot project increase teacher instructional effectiveness, but the project will also allow more students to select the HB5 STEM endorsement that will help fill those in-demand, STEM-based careers. Communities In School San Antonio will support the classroom curriculum by implementing an afterschool program to reinforce science, technology, engineering and math concepts covered by HISD teachers.

The need to produce a skilled workforce is critical for our growing economy. The San Antonio STEM Pipeline Project aims to not only prepare Harlandale ISD students for academic and career success in the science, technology, engineering and math fields, but also ensures that more high-growth, in-demand jobs are filled with local talent, thus propelling San Antonio as a global, competitive leader in the industry.