Whitehaven Elementary students and teachers will work to build its science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, classroom lessons in school this year as part of a new program with “Project Lead the Way.”

An optional school with a STEM focus, Whitehaven will be one of a handful of schools across the country to have access to “Project Lead the Way’s” curriculum, teacher training materials and a network of educators to test and provide feedback on the program before its full launch in 2015-16.

The school already has a STEM focus but administrators at the school say they hope the pilot will make their current curriculum more effective.

The pilot program will challenge students to use critical thinking, collaboration and creativity to solve problems and will also expose them to biomedical and computer science material, according to a statement from the district.

“It’s an honor to be selected as a PLTW Launch pilot program,” said Tommy Elliot, Whitehaven’s principal.  “This is a unique opportunity that will not only help enhance our thriving program and provide expanded opportunities for students, but it will also allow our teachers to help shape a leading STEM curriculum.”

Read more about Project Lead the Way here.