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Gulliver Academy Middle School Selected to Participate in National Pilot Program

New unit provides middle school students with experience in the biomedical sciences.

Yolanda Baquet, Gulliver
Yolanda Baquet, Gulliver
PRLog - Feb. 19, 2013 - CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Gulliver Academy Middle School has been selected guide a national biomedical sciences pilot program in South Florida. The new program, developed by Project Lead The Way (PLTW), is a middle school curriculum that will be launched in the spring of 2013.  PLTW, the nation’s leading non-profit provider of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum and professional development to middle schools and high schools, made the announcement on January 10, 2013. It joins more than 5,200 PLTW programs in more than 4,200 schools nationwide.

The new unit, known as Medical Detectives, will be part of the middle school’s Gateway to Technology program.  In this program, students will explore the biomedical sciences through hands-on projects and labs that require them to solve a variety of medical mysteries.  

“We are thrilled to be included in this new pilot program and are very proud that Ms. Yolanda Baquet has been selected from thousands of educators to implement the program,” said John Krutulis, Gulliver’s director and head of schools.

Approximately 30 teachers around the nation will pilot the unit. They will be the lead instructors for professional development training for other educators who wish to implement the Medical Detectives unit when it officially rolls out for the 2013-2014 school year.

Gulliver Academy Middle School offers a project-based engineering program. The curriculum includes Automation and Robotics, Design and Modeling, Science of Technology, Magic of Electrons, Energy and the Environment, Green Architecture and more!


Gulliver Schools is a 501(c)(3) private, non-profit, independent, coeducational, nonsectarian day school with the mission of providing a superior, personalized college-preparatory education fostering well-rounded, successful, lifelong learners. Gulliver is committed to developing the unique gifts and talents of each student in a nurturing environment that promotes academic excellence, innovation, global understanding and character. For more information about Gulliver Schools visit www.gulliverschools.org.

About PLTW
Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is the leading provider of rigorous and innovative STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education curricular programs used in schools. As a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, PLTW exists to prepare students for the global economy through its world-class curriculum, high-quality professional development and an engaged network of educators, students, universities and professionals. PLTW's comprehensive curriculum has been collaboratively designed by PLTW teachers, university educators, engineering and biomedical professionals, as well as school administrators, to promote critical thinking, creativity, innovation and real-world problem-solving skills in students. The hands-on, project-based program engages students on multiple levels, exposes them to areas of study that they typically do not pursue, and provides them with a foundation and proven path to college and career success. More than 4,700 schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia are currently offering PLTW courses to their students. For more information, visit www.pltw.org.


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