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STEM / Project Lead the Way / Carl Perkins

The STEM program provides students with education in applied Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. It relies on a combination of state CareerTech and federal Carl Perkins funding, along with local funding from district bond issues and community donations. The Phillips 66 Innovation Labs at each secondary school are utilized by the program.

Secondary STEM Department

Shannon McKinney, Madison Middle School

Jeremy Hanks, Bartlesville High School

 Site Teacher Courses 
Central Darin Messerli Gateway to Technology
Central Lolly Williams Gateway to Technology
Madison Shannon McKinney Gateway to Technology
Madison Rachel Hough Gateway to Technology
BHS David Ayres Introduction to Engineering Design, Principles of Engineering
BHS Jeremy Hanks Cybersecurity, Computer Science Principles AP, Computer Science A AP, Computer Science Essentials
 BHS Josh Wolfe   Computer Science Essentials
BHS Betty Henderson Science Research
BHS Warren Neff Advanced Math Applications

BHS P66 Innovation Lab

PLTW Distinguished High School Badge
Bartlesville High School's Computer Science program was recognized as a 2018-19 PLTW Distinguished High School program, making it the only comprehensive high school in the state to receive that honor. The district also offers PLTW Pre-Engineering courses in conjunction with Tri-County Tech in Bartlesville, which also earned Distinguished High School status in 2018-19.

High School STEM Courses

Eight courses at the high school address all areas of STEM:
  • Betty Henderson
    Science: Science Research course where juniors and seniors develop independent original research projects and enter them into competitions. This course is offered in the BHS Phillips 66 Innovation Lab by veteran BHS science teacher Betty Henderson, who is a member of the Oklahoma Science Fair Hall of Fame and has for decades mentored Bartlesville students in award-winning projects at the district, state, and national levels, including several that led to patents.
  • Technology:
    Jeremy Hanks
    Computer Science Essentials is an introductory course on the major topics, big ideas, and computational thinking used to solve problems and create value. Students use a visual programming language and advance to text-based programming. This course prepares students for Computer Science Principles, but is not a pre-requisite for it. Both Josh Wolfe (above) and Jeremy Hanks (below) teach some sections of the course in their own dedicated STEM computer labs. Mr. Hanks also teaches the other computer science courses listed below.
Jeremy Hanks
Computer Science Principles offers students the opportunity to earn Advanced Placement college credit. Using Python® as a primary tool and incorporating multiple platforms and languages for computation, this course aims to develop computational thinking, generate excitement about career paths that utilize computing, and introduce professional tools that foster creativity and collaboration. 

Computer Science A is a follow-up course to Computer Science Principles which also offers the opportunity to earn AP college credit. It focuses on further developing computational thinking skills through Android App development for mobile platforms, using Android Studio, Java, XML, and device emulators. 

Cybersecurity encourages students to create solutions that allow people to share computing resources while protecting privacy. Students solve problems by understanding and closing these vulnerabilities.
  • Engineering:
    David Ayres
    Introduction to Engineering Design course where students apply math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on projects, working both individually and in teams to design solutions to a variety of problems using 3D modeling software.
Principles of Engineering is the course after Introduction to Engineering Design. Students investigate engineering and high tech careers and develop skills and understanding of concepts regarding energy and power, materials and structures, control systems, and statistics and kinematics.

Students can follow-up these courses in the later grades with additional related engineering coursework at Tri County Tech.

These courses are being taught in the BHS Phillips 66 Innovation Lab by veteran BHS teacher David Ayres, who has a degree in engineering.
  • Mathematics:
    Warren Neff
    Advanced Math Applications course for students in grades 10-12 with topics such as signal processing, array design, solid earth modeling, matrix inversion, field modeling, and much more. This course is being taught by veteran math teacher Warren Neff, who brings his extensive industry experience to bear.

Project Lead the Way

Project Lead the Way

The district has been expanding its offerings through the national Project Lead the Way (PLTW) program.

Gateway to Technology Courses
at Central & Madison Middle Schools

Students can select from a variety of courses in the PLTW Gateway to Technology curriculum which incorporate modules in:
Distinguished Gateway Badge

Both Central and Madison's programs were recognized as 2018-19 and 2017-2018 PLTW Distinguished Schools.

Ms. Williams & Ms. McKinney completed three PLTW module trainings in the summer of 2016
Lolly Williams, Shannon McKinney, and Rachel Hough have all completed summer PLTW module trainings; veteran Gateway to Technology teacher Darin Messerli has years of training in the program
Ms. Hough at Space and Flight training in July 2016

High School Computer Science Courses

The district now offers four PLTW Computer Science courses at Bartlesville High School:
This program follows the Project Lead the Way curriculum and is approved by the College Board to give students the opportunity to earn college credit in two of those courses.

Students who take Introduction to computer science courses at middle school should be able to easily transition to the high school computer science courses, but the middle school courses are not a pre-requisite.

Pre-Engineering Partnership
with Tri County Technical Center

Students in grades 10-12 are able to take technical education classes at the Tri County Technology Center (TCTC) in Bartlesville, which is part of the state CareerTech system.

One STEM program at TCTC is its Pre-Engineering program. Bartlesville Public Schools has partnered with them to offer the two initial courses, Introduction to Engineering Design and Principles of Engineering in the high school's Phillips 66 Innovation Labs.

Students who wish to can then take additional Pre-Engineering courses at TCTC in later years.

PLTW Launch Modules 
at all Elementary Schools

In 2016-2017 the district partnered with the Bartlesville Public Schools Foundation (BPSF) on a challenge grant that brought in $85,000 to pilot Project Lead the Way Launch modules in Computer Science at all six elementary schools in 2017-2018. ConocoPhillips provided an additional $35,000 to help complete the purchase of iPads and carts for the program.

BPSF Challenge Grant Check

Thus the district now offers a complete Computer Science Pathway from kindergarten through high school. 

In 2017-2018, the BPSF raised $115,000 from community donors, including ABB and Arvest, to augment funding from ConocoPhillips to provide another set of iPad carts and the equipment and materials to implement biomedical modules across the elementary schools in 2018-2019.

In 2018-2019, the BPSF has set a fundraising goal of $100,000 to implement two engineering modules across the elementary schools in 2019-20 and 2020-21.

The two teacher specialists at the Education Service Center, Laura Salzyn and Staci Bankston, help organize this program under the direction of Dianne Martinez, the Executive Director of Elementary and Middle Schools, with technology and procurement support from Granger Meador, the Executive Director of Technology & Communications. Dr. Stephanie Curtis, the Executive Director of Personnel & School Support, is instrumental in working with Project Lead the Way and other CareerTech programs.

Carl D. Perkins Career & Technical Education


The purpose of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act is to provide individuals with the academic and technical skills needed to succeed in a knowledge and skills-based economy. Perkins funding is used to develop more fully the academic and career and technical skills of secondary education students and postsecondary education students who elect to enroll career and technical education (CTE) programs.  

The current Carl Perkins focus is on preparing students for high wage, high skill, high demand occupations. Federal resources help ensure that CTE programs are academically rigorous and up-to-date with the needs of business and industry. The Perkins federal funding supports innovation and expands access to quality programs. The Oklahoma State Department of Career and Technical Education is responsible for managing the Perkins funding in Oklahoma.

Perkins Funding in Our District

Perkins funding in the Bartlesville School District is used to support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) as well as career counseling. Students enrolled in quality CTE STEM programs are motivated to learn because they are challenged by the rigor and engaged by the relevance.

At Central Middle School and Madison Middle School, Perkins funding provides resources for the Gateway to Technology teachers and STEM Project Lead the Way courses.  At BHS, Perkins funding provides resources for the STEM teachers and the Project Lead the Way courses in the Engineering and Computer Science programs of study.

Types of Supported Activities
  • Academic integration of core academics and career and technical subjects
  • Experiences and activities in all aspects of an industry 
  • Classroom technology for students and teachers
  • Professional development for teachers
  • Guidance and counseling for CTE students 
  • Internships in business and Industry
  • Recruitment and retention of CTE teachers
  • Program evaluation
  • Modernization and expansion of programs
  • Services and activities to prepare students for high wage, high skill, high demand jobs
  • Strengthening links between secondary and postsecondary education
For more information about Carl Perkins or CareerTech-related programs, please contact: 

Dr. Stephanie Curtis
Dr. Stephanie Curtis
Executive Director of Personnel & School Support
Education Service Center
(918) 336-8600 ext. 3528 

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