HARRISBURG, Pa., June 23, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera today is applauding the students, teachers, and administrators of the Elizabeth Forward School District, Allegheny County, for being named one of four national finalists for the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) Student Voices Award.
"The Elizabeth Forward community has transformed the culture of its schools by adopting a hands-on, project-based approach that engages and advances educational opportunities for its students," Rivera said. "The careers and economy that Pennsylvania is training students for, is fast paced and global in scope; the students at Elizabeth Forward have a strong start to lead in those jobs."
Project-based learning programs at Elizabeth Forward School District extend from kindergarten through twelfth grade, where students have grade-appropriate access to labs and tools. Students in all of the district's elementary schools have access to a mobile FABLab; all middle school students learn programming, robotics, 3D design and 3D printing, animation, 2D design using the laser cutter, vinyl cutter and the Computer Numerical Control (CNC); and high school students have multiple electives to choose from in the field of programming and digital design. The project-based learning also provides teachers with resources to make the classroom more engaging places for students to learn.
Following a national application and thorough review process, the SETDA Student Voices Award recognizes an outstanding K-12 school or district that has improved educational experience and achievement for students by using technology.
Along with Elizabeth Forward School District, the other finalists include New Jersey Northfield Community Middle School, Tennessee Greeneville City Schools, and North Carolina Rutherford County Schools (RCS). For more information about the Student Voices Award, visit http://www.setda.org.
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SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Education