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Students Head to National Innovation Summit
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Four Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) students from the Career and Technology Center (CTC) are headed with their teacher, Kathy Koops, to the National Innovation Summit in Washington, DC on October 20, where they are invited to showcase their innovative Project Lead the Way classroom projects.

Felicia Kattes, Naara Rivera, Megan Toms and Ashlee Watts, all in their third semester in the CTC’s biomedical sciences program, will present information about anatomy, physiology and responses of the human heart to physical conditions. They will challenge participants to build a pump that functions like a heart, using everyday materials. 

Project Lead the Way (PLTW), a nonprofit that provides nationwide science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) hands-on, project-based programs, is hosting the Summit to bring together the nation’s leaders in STEM education.  The students will get to participate with policymakers, educators, philanthropic organizations and industry representatives. They are also invited to visit Capitol Hill, Washington’s monuments and museums and participate in the USA Science and Engineering Festival on the National Mall.

"At FCPS, the CTC biomedical science program demonstrates what is possible when imagination and innovation are ignited through learning," said John Lock, CEO of PLTW.  "Students connect what they are learning in the classroom to real-life problems and “are creating, designing, building and developing the problem-solving skills they need to be successful in the future.  We are excited for them to share their accomplishments with the national STEM community in Washington, DC.”

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