PUHSD White House Visit to Share Maker Movement Progress

June 23, 2015 21:00

Perris Union High School District was invited to the White House to participate in the National Week of Making-Maker Roundtable that was held on June 15, 2015 in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.

PUHSD Superintendent Dr. Jonathan Greenberg and Director of Technology Joseph Williams contributed to the roundtable discussions by sharing the significant progress PUHSD is making in the areas of Maker Spaces on school campuses and the scaling up of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) district wide.

PUHSD has gained the attention of local education and political leaders with the successful implementation of the Scholar+ teaching and learning initiative that provides a chromebook for every student and by its recent grand opening of a state-of-the-art STEM building at Heritage High School. Now, PUHSD is taking action to create “Maker Spaces” on all of its campuses, allowing students hands-on opportunities to design, make, tinker, hack, invent, and showcase their work. Maker Spaces are designated spaces where students have open access to tools and technology, such as 3D printers, that allow for formal and informal learning opportunities during and after the school day.

The Week of Making-Maker Roundtable was hosted by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), Digital Promise, The School Superintendents Association (AASA), and MakerEd. Approximately 80 school districts nationwide were invited to the event.

Dr. Greenberg signed the Commitment Letter to the President and in so stated that PUHSD is fully committed to providing resources, staffing, and the full support of the district office to ensure that every student is a Maker. This fall, PUSHD will be adopting a 7 period day. Dr. Greenberg states that “A seven-period day will increase our students chances of completing their A-G requirements for colleges and universities. It will also give our students greater opportunities to take foreign language, art, music, and career technical education classes.” Adopting one additional period will provide students additional room in their schedules to explore meaningful electives, including STEAM-related programs of study, such as Project Lead The Way engineering courses. Every Student A Maker.

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