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Two UP Academies Awarded Project Lead The Way Grants to Implement New STEM Programming

Boston, MA, June 12, 2018 - UP Academy Dorchester and UP Academy Leonard were each awarded two-year Project Lead The Way (PLTW) grants to implement new STEM programming for their middle school students. These grants are supported by the Massachusetts Governor’s Office, the One8 Foundation, and Mass STEM Hub. 

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a national nonprofit organization focused on improving computer science, engineering and biomedical science for K-12 students and teachers. Their activity-, project-, and problem-based (APB) instructional design centers on hands-on, real-world activities, projects, and problems that help students understand how the knowledge and skills they develop in the classroom may be applied in everyday life. The APB approach scaffolds student learning through structured activities and projects that empower students to become independent in the classroom and help them build skill sets to apply to an open-ended design problem.

UP Academy Dorchester will be implementing PLTW as part of their math programming through courses including Green Architecture and Design and Modeling. UP Academy Leonard is using PLTW to provide enrichment programming around computer science through courses such as Computer Science for Innovators and Makers and App Creator. PLTW resources will create spaces for hands-on inquiry and help cultivate curious and questioning minds. 

“A core aspect of our work is to infuse instruction with hands-on learning opportunities that instill a sense of wonder, curiosity, excitement, and possibility around math. PLTW will allow our scholars to further develop and build their math skills, engage in projects that require meaning-making and thoughtful investigation, and transfer these skills to solve problems, noted UP Academy Dorchester Dean of Curriculum and Instruction Mistie Parsons.

UP Academy Leonard 8th grade science teacher Frank Scarito added: “As technologies progress and computer sciences become increasingly important, we are extremely excited to be able to offer a two year elective course to our scholars that will create a platform for technological exploration, innovation, and creativity!”

We are excited to incorporate PLTW into our STEM programming as part of our work transforming schools into exceptional learning environments. 

About UP Education Network
UP Academy Dorchester and UP Academy Leonard are two of six UP Academies managed by UP Education Network (UP), the largest non-profit school management organization in Massachusetts. UP’s vision is to transform schools into exceptional learning environments in partnership with families and communities; create schools where students can cultivate their sharp minds, share their kind hearts, and explore their path and potential; and prepare its graduates to succeed on the path toward college and pursue their passions. UP is one of the only organizations in the nation dedicated to tackling the challenges of in-district school turnaround. For more information, please visit

About Project Lead The Way (PLTW)
Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for K-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. More than 10,500 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

For more information contact:
Victoria Lautsch
UP Education Network
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