When the first XLR8 STEM Academy students arrive in the fall of 2013, they will be the first students in the Region 2000 area to take advantage of courses from Project Lead the Way (PLTW), the leading provider of rigorous and innovative STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education curricular used in schools.

The PLTW curriculum has been designed to promote critical thinking, creativity, innovation and real-world problem solving skills for students. The hands-on, project-based program engages students on multiple levels, and provides them with a foundation and proven path to college and career readiness.

The Pathway to Engineering program will be implemented in the 2013-14 school year. The courses in this pathway explore the design process and links STEM principles to relevant problem-solving activities. The courses are designed to help prepare students to pursue a post-secondary education and careers in STEM related fields.