Project Lead the Way (PLTW)

The PLTW Gateway To Technology (GTT) program features a project-based curriculum designed to challenge and engage the natural curiosity and imagination of middle school students. They envision, design and test their ideas with the same advanced modeling software used by companies like Lockheed Martin, Intel, and Sprint. They study mechanical and computer control systems; think robotics and animation. Students also explore the importance of energy, including innovative ways to reduce, conserve, and produce it using solar, thermal, and wind power. The knowledge that students gain and the skills they build from the GTT program create a strong foundation for further STEM learning in high school and beyond. For more information go to


STEM CLASSES offered in 2013-14

Design & Modeling – This class 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 evaluate design ideas, and communicate solutions.  (Grades 6, 7, 8) (all students will have this class in 2013-14 as the foundational class for further STEM classes)

Green Architecture – In a world of reduced resources and environmental challenges, it is important to present the concepts of “being green” to the next generation of designers and builders.  In this class, students are introduced to architectural plans, construction styles, alternative materials and architectural sustainability.  Students use a 3D architectural software program to create an environmentally friendly home using shipping containers.   (Grade 7)

Automation & 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.  (Grade 8)