On September 25, 2013, Pueblo City Schools received a nearly $10 million federal grant as part of the Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP). The grant runs through June 30, 2016.

With the grant, Pueblo City Schools will address the growing need for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education and renewable energy.

Participating schools include:

Bessemer STEM Teachers photo
Bessemer Academy (Pre-Kindergarten - 8th grade)
Identified as a Renewable Energy themed magnet school

Central High School
Identified as a Renewable Energy/Engineering themed magnet school

Highland Park Elementary School
Identified as a Children’s Engineering themed magnet school

Roncalli STEM Academy (6 - 8th grade)
Identified as a STEM Engineering themed magnet school

Bessemer Academy teachers work on projects at PLTW training.

According to Pueblo City Schools Superintendent, Dr. Constance A. Jones,
"These schools will provide a unique opportunity to substantially improve the students’ knowledge of STEM education and create career opportunities for students in the new 'green' economy."

Eight Pueblo City Schools teachers recently completed Project Lead The Way (PLTW) training at the Rochester (NY) Institute of Technology. Their training included 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. work days, plus two to three hours of homework each night.

"Our Project Lead The Way training in Rochester was unreal! Our students will love the hands-on learning, like using an iPad app that helps them design a glider, then creating the actual model from their very own design. They'll think that's way cool! Their problem-solving lessons will turn them into independent thinkers and keep them engaged in the classroom. Exploring things with their hands while using technology...they're going to love this stuff!"

-Karlie Zabukovic,
PLTW lead
Highland Park
Elementary School