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Project Lead The Way
Middle School Courses

Project Lead The Way's Gateway To Technology (GTT), is a cutting-edge program that addresses the interests and energy of middle school students, while incorporating national standards in math, science and technology. The GTT curriculum provides project-based learning—a hands-on approach--that is exciting and fun for the full-range of students in middle school classrooms and that relates technology to students' daily lives. It also promotes communication and collaboration by emphasizing a teaming approach in the instructional units. This approach utilizes the strengths of each team member to accomplish the goals of the project, while offering students learning challenges at all ability levels. The six instructional units excite and motivate students to use their imaginations and teach them to be creative and innovative, while gaining skills.

GTT consists of eight independent units that should be taught in conjunction with a rigorous academic curriculum. The units are designed to challenge and engage the  minds of middle school students. Each 9-week unit includes performance objectives and suggested assessment methods.

Foundation Units

Design and Modeling (DM)
Students apply the design process to solve problems and understand the influence of creativity and innovation in their lives. They work in teams to design a playground and furniture, capturing research and ideas in their engineering notebooks. Using Autodesk® design software, students create a virtual image of their designs and produce a portfolio to showcase their innovative solutions.

Automation and Robotics (AR)
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 use a robust robotics platform to design, build and program a solution to solve an existing problem.

Medical Detectives (MD)
Students play the role of real-life medical detectives as they analyze genetic testing results to diagnose disease and study DNA evidence found at a “crime scene.” They solve medical mysteries through hands-on projects and labs, investigate how to measure and interpret vital signs, and learn how the systems of the human body work together to maintain health.

Specialization Units

Energy and the Environment (EE)
Students are challenged to think big and toward the future as they explore sustainable solutions to our energy needs and investigate the impact of energy on our lives and the world. They design and model alternative energy sources and evaluate options for reducing energy consumption.

Flight and Space (FS)
The exciting world of aerospace comes alive through Flight and Space. Students explore the science behind aeronautics and use their knowledge to design, build, and test an airfoil. Custom-built simulation software allows students to experience space travel.

Green Architecture (GA)
Today’s students have grown up in an age of “green” choices. In this unit, students learn how to apply this concept to the fields of architecture and construction by exploring dimensioning, measuring, and architectural sustainability as they design affordable housing units using Autodesk’s® 3D architectural design software.s.

Magic of Electrons (ME)
Through hands-on projects, students explore the science of electricity, the behavior and parts of atoms, circuit design and sensing devices. Students acquire knowledge and skills in basic circuitry design and explore the impact of electricity on their lives.

Science of Technology (ST)
Science impacts the technology of yesterday, today, and the future. Students apply the concepts of physics, chemistry, and nanotechnology to STEM activities and projects, including making ice cream, cleaning up an oil spill, and discovering the properties of nano-materials.

Course descriptions are from PLTW website. For additional information, visit the PLTW website.