Holland High School Receives New Grant from Motus Integrated Technologies

Holland High School Receives New Grant from
Motus Integrated Technologies

Funding will Deliver Project Lead The Way Curriculum
to Prepare Students with In-Demand STEM Knowledge and Skills

Holland, MI -- Holland High School announced today that it is the recipient of a new, $35,000 grant from Project Lead The Way (PLTW) to implement the organization’s premier career learning curriculum for its students.  This new grant was made possible by a generous donation from Motus Integrated Technologies, headquartered in Holland

 PLTW is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for K-12 students and teachers across the United States. Through PLTW’s pathways in engineering, computer science and biomedical science, K-12 students learn problem-solving strategies, critical and creative thinking, and how to communicate and collaborate. Students engage in hands-on learning and explore activities, projects, and problems reflective of real-world scenarios and careers. Holland High School joins more than 9,000 schools across the U.S. in offering PLTW programs to its students.   

Funds from the grant will be used specifically to start PLTW Engineering Program at Holland High School. It will cover program expenses such as annual program fees, teacher professional development, and required classroom equipment and materials.  The PLTW Engineering curriculum empowers students to step into the role of an engineer, adopt a problem-solving mindset, and make the leap from dreamers to doers. Through PLTW Engineering, the Holland High School students will engage in collaborative, real-life activities like working with a client to design a home, using a flight simulator to learn basic pilot skills, or exploring algae as a biofuel source. As students work together to imagine and design solutions to local and global challenges, they test their limits and question what’s possible. And by pushing themselves to rework and refine their projects, PLTW Engineering students learn that both failure and perseverance are key to learning and innovation.

“Project Lead The Way is an exciting addition to the curriculum at Holland High School,” said the school’s Principal, Katie Pennington. “We’re incredibly grateful for the opportunity to provide our students with a chance to develop sought-after STEM skills and explore new areas of interest and passions within a growing workforce sector.”  

“We’re thrilled to come together with PLTW and help educate the next generation of manufacturing sector leaders,” said Shannon White, CEO of Motus Integrated Technologies. “The PLTW curriculum is unique, inspiring students to embrace the subjects that are vital to our economic future. At Motus, we’re always looking for opportunities to build up the community. This ‘hands on’ partnership is a perfect fit. The new grant we’re providing to Holland High School allows us to enhance many young minds, and help shape the future, right here in Ottawa County.”

“Project Lead The Way is committed to providing a transformative educational experience that empowers students to prepare for and thrive in an evolving world,” said PLTW President and CEO Vince Bertram. “We are grateful for the truly unique corporate partnership demonstrated by Motus Integrated Technologies. Their approach, which involves not only expanding access to PLTW programs in their local community through monetary support, but also the engagement of company leaders and associates, will help spur the creation of tomorrow’s innovators.”

For more information on Project Lead The Way, visit pltw.org or contact Jennifer Erbacher, PLTW senior director of media and public relations, at jcahill@pltw.org.

Project Lead The Way (PLTW)

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for K-12 students and teachers across the U.S. Through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science, PLTW empowers students to develop in-demand knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in an evolving world, and provides teachers with the support and resources they need to devote more time to inspiring students. PLTW programs can be found in over 9,000 elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. For more information on Project Lead The Way, visit pltw.org.

About Motus Integrated Technologies

Motus Integrated Technologies is a leading global manufacturer of automotive headliners and a variety of unlit, illuminated and auxiliary coverage sun visors.  The company has one of the industry’s broadest and most technologically advanced product portfolios.  In 2014, Atlas Holdings formed Motus to acquire certain assets of technology and industrial giant Johnson Controls.  Motus acquired the assets of Leon Plastics, Inc. in 2015.  Leon is a premier supplier of highly-engineered automotive decorative soft interior trim components, including door and console armrests, instrument panel trim, and interior handles.