Project Lead the Way

PLTW
  • Gateway To Technology is an activities-oriented program for middle school Project Lead the Way.

    The curriculum challenges and engages the natural curiosity and imagination of middle school students. Taught in conjunction with a rigorous academic curriculum, the program is divided into six independent, nine-week units:

    • Design and Modeling
      • This unit uses solid modeling software (a sophisticated mathematical technique for representing solid objects) as part of the design process. Utilizing this design approach, students understand how design influences their lives. Students also learn sketching techniques and use descriptive geometry as a component of design, measurement and computer modeling. Students brainstorm, research, develop ideas, create models, test and evalute design ideas and communicate solutions. 
    • Automation and Robotics
      • Students trace the history, development, and influence of automation and robotics. They learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation and computer control systems. Students acquire knowledge and skills in problem solving, teamwork collaboration and innovation.