TCU receives grant for engineering course


On March 20, 2013, Tri-City United High School was notified that it was the recipient of a $35,000 grant that  will bring an engineering course to the TCU High School  course selections.

The grant is from Project Lead The Way (PLTW), a nationally recognized program that provides a rigorous set of courses in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) for middle and high school students.

The grant, which will be paid over three years, will be used to bring two sections of the course “Principles of Engineering” to TCU High School starting with the 2013-14 school year.

According to the PLTW website, STEM education programs engage students in activities-, projects-, and problem-based learning, which provided hands-on classroom experiences. Students create, design, build, discover, collaborate and solve problems while applying what they learn in math and science.

“It’s exciting. This is a big deal to get this grant,” said superintendent Matt Helgerson. “I’m proud, happy and glad this happened.”

The only other schools that offer PLTW course are Shakopee, Chaska and Chanhassen Districts.