Engineering (Project Lead The Way)

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Gateway To Technology | Middle School Engineering Program

Through topics like robotics, flight and space, and DNA and crime scene analysis, middle school students engage their natural curiosity and imagination in creative problem solving. PLTW’s Gateway program is a strong foundation for further STEM learning in high school and beyond, challenging students to solve real-world challenges, such as cleaning oil spills and designing sustainable housing solutions. Using the same advanced software and tools as those used by the world’s leading companies, students learn how to apply math, science, technology, and engineering to their everyday lives.


Computer Science for Innovators and Makers (6th graders in Exploratory)

Throughout the unit, students learn about programming for the physical world by blending hardware design and software development, allowing students to discover computer science concepts and skills by creating personally relevant, tangible, and shareable projects.
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App Creators (7th or 8th graders)

This unit exposes students to computer science as a means of computationally analyzing and developing solutions to authentic problems through mobile app development, and conveys the positive impact of the application of computer science to other disciplines and to society.
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Magic of Electrons (7th or 8th graders)

Through hands-on projects, students explore electricity, the behavior and parts of atoms, and sensing devices. They learn knowledge and skills in basic circuitry design, and examine the impact of electricity on the world around them.


Automation and Robotics  (7th and 8th graders)

Students trace the history, development, and influence of automation and robotics as they learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems. Students use the VEX Robotics® platform to design, build, and program real-world objects such as traffic lights, toll booths, and robotic arms.


Robotics Competition Training (7th and 8th graders)

Students will train to compete in VEX Robotics® competition. These competitions will provide students will fresh/difficult problems to solve each year. Through the competition, students will engage design engineering, mathematics in context, computer science and technological literacy.

STEM Competition Class  (7th or 8th graders)

STEM Competitions Class allows students to showcase their skills in the VEX Robotics Competitions, SkillsUSA, Verizon App Challenge and other STEM related competitions.


Design and Modeling (7th or 8th graders)

Students apply the design process to solve problems and understand the influence of creativity and innovation in their lives. Using Google SketchUp ® design software, students create a virtual image of their designs and produce a portfolio to showcase their innovative solutions.