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McKinley STEM Academy Receives National Recognition from Project Lead The Way

Named a distinguished school for STEM curriculum and career readiness

Steubenville, OH – McKinley STEM Academy announced today that it has been recognized as a 2023-24 Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Launch Distinguished School. This honor is given to a select number of elementary schools across the U.S. for providing broad access to transformative learning experiences for students through PLTW Launch, an elementary STEM curriculum. PLTW is a national nonprofit organization that serves millions of PreK-12 students and teachers in schools across the U.S., aiming to make every child in every grade STEM successful.

The PLTW Distinguished School recognition honors schools committed to increasing student access, engagement, and achievement in their PLTW programs. To be eligible for the designation, McKinley STEM Academy had to have more than 75 percent of the student body participating in the program and had to offer at least one PLTW Launch module at each grade level during the 2022-23 school year. 

Studies show that students decide as early as elementary school whether they like, and think they are good at math and science. Whether designing a car safety belt or building digital animations based on their own short stories, PLTW Launch students engage in critical and creative thinking, build teamwork skills, and develop a passion for and confidence in STEM subjects.  

“We are honored to recognize McKinley STEM Academy for their commitment to providing students with exceptional educational experiences while ensuring equitable access to PLTW programs,” said Dr. David Dimmett, PLTW President and CEO. "We congratulate them on this achievement and celebrate their dedication to empowering students with the knowledge and skills to succeed, not only in STEM subjects, but also preparing them for future careers and life beyond the classroom."

McKinley STEM Academy is part of a community comprised of PreK-12 schools, colleges and universities, and corporate and philanthropic partners across the country united around a commitment to providing students with inspiring, engaging, and empowering learning opportunities. For more information about PLTW’s Distinguished Program Recognition, visit 

Supply Lists 2022-23

Click here for a copy of the 2022-23 STEM Academy Supply List.

USDA Grant


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Ohio STEM Designation

STEM Designation Logo Congratulations to McKinley STEM Academy Students and Staff on becoming a STEM Designated School through the Ohio STEM Learning Network!  STEM education is an integrated approach to learning where rigorous academic concepts are learned through real-world, project-based experiences.  The McKinley STEM Academy students use science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics concepts to make authentic connections between school, community and work experiences.  STEM-designated schools employ highly effective teachers and leaders who meet the needs of the whole child.


 Mr. Donnie Reeves
McKinley STEM Academy
1400 West Adams Street
Steubenville, Ohio 43952
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