Project Lead the Way (PLTW) - Gateway
Our middle school science program continues to integrate Project Lead the Way—Gateway (PLTW) into our curriculum. 
PLTW is a nationally recognized Science, Technology, Engineering and Math program that emphasizes hands-on, project-based learning.
This program will spark interest in STEM subjects, while allowing students to gain knowledge and acquire skills in problem solving, teamwork and innovation.  

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Design & Modeling Unit

Our Design & Modeling unit allows students to visualize, design, and test their ideas using Autodesk Inventor software.  HA students take the Design and Modeling Unit over three years in order to experience the Design Process, practice measurements, and properly sketch and dimension their own designs.  Students end the unit each year by completing three CAD projects. These projects include designing a letter statue, hair brush, switch plate, furniture, trophy, watch, and pegboard toy.  Our students even complete a cross-curricular project with Art by creating a prototype of their letter statue and furniture designs.


Automation & Robotics

The Automation & Robotics unit has our middle school students studying mechanical and computer control systems, including robotics and animation.  Students begin this unit by researching robots and how they function.  In order to understand mechanical systems, students create mechanisms using VEX Robotics equipment.  This work lays the foundation for students to successfully design, model, and test their very own pull toy.  Finally, middle school students use the VEX Robotics and RobotC software to successfully design, model, and test everyday objects such as a dragster,tollbooth, and traffic light.


Energy in the Environment

The Energy in the Environment unit allows the students to design and model alternative energy sources and evaluate options for reducing energy consumption, including designing and building windmills and a penguin dwelling.  Students will learn about the different types and forms of energy and how to properly apply the Law of Conservation of Energy.

Science of Technology

Students apply the concepts of chemistry and nanotechnology to STEM activities and projects in order to better understand the responsibilities of a chemist and chemical engineer.  Students explore the chemistry behind making ice cream, cleaning up an oil spill, and discovering the properties of nanomaterials.  While studying physics, students work with the six simple machines and discover how they are used to create motion by creating their very own working Rube Goldberg.

Magic of Electrons
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.

Medical Detectives

Students play the role of real-life medical detectives as they research inherited diseases to properly diagnose a patient.  Our middle school students then analyze genetic testing results to study DNA evidence found at a “crime scene.” They solve medical mysteries through hands-on projects and labs, which include extracting DNA from cheek cells and various plants.  Finally, students will investigate how to measure and interpret vital signs, and learn how systems of the human body work together to maintain health.


Last Published: August 31, 2016 2:22 PM
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