McPherson Magnet Students Will Represent School and Community at National Event

Orange, CA – January 24, 2020 – Students and educators from McPherson Magnet are among an elite group selected to present to hundreds of attendees at the Project Lead The Way (PLTW) conference – PLTW Summit – in Anaheim from Jan. 31 through Feb. 2. They are one of four groups from across the country chosen to present.

PLTW Summit is the premier gathering for individuals dedicated to preparing students with the in-demand and transportable skills they need to succeed in college and careers. Guests will include PreK-12 educators, students, university leaders, and business and industry leaders.

McPherson Magnet students Trey Esperanza (5th grade), Vincent Esqueda (1st grade), Ellie Sloan (3rd grade) and Liliana Mastroianni (4th grade) will present during the main General Session to a crowd of more than 800 guests. They will also have the opportunity to network with PLTW alumni and leaders from businesses and higher education institutions interested in students with STEM skills.

“We are so proud of our four students that will represent McPherson Magnet and the Orange Unified School District at the PLTW Summit,” said McPherson Magnet Principal Joe Erven. “Project Lead the Way has transformed the STEM program at our school thanks to the work that our educators have put in to make McPherson Magnet a Project Lead the Way Distinguished School, in addition to increasing our SBAC math scores and students’ critical thinking skills.”

McPherson Magnet offers PLTW Launch/Elementary Modules in Computer Science, Engineering, Biomedical Science. Additionally, McPherson Magnet offers many Gateway/Secondary courses: Design and Modeling (6th grade), Automation and Robotics (6th grade), Computer Science for Innovators and Makers (7th grade), App Creators (7th grade), Green Architecture (8th grade), Flight and Space (8th grade), and Medical Detectives (8th grade).

“McPherson Magnet is a true champion of PLTW’s relevant, engaging approach to learning, teaching, and community engagement,” said PLTW Senior Vice President and Chief Engagement Officer David Dimmett. “We’ve invited them to share their stories to inspire attendees and provide best practices that can be taken back to other communities to benefit students across the country. We are thrilled to have PLTW students and teachers from McPherson Magnet with us at PLTW Summit.”

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The Orange Unified School District educates approximately 28,000 K-12 grade students in the Cities of Orange, Villa Park, Anaheim, Garden Grove, Santa Ana, and unincorporated county areas.  In partnership with our community, we provide a safe, equitable, and innovative culture of learning for each scholar to have a competitive EDGE as a leader.