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Project Lead the Way

Project Lead the Way

Exciting academic programs are available at Schlarman Academy. Project Lead the Way Gateway to Technology is taught to all students in 7th and 8th grade. Project Lead the Way (PLTW) prepares students to be the most innovative and productive leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Through an engaging, hands-on curriculum, PLTW encourages the development of  problem-solving skills, critical thinking, creative and innovative reasoning and a love for learning. STEM education programs give students a brighter future by providing them with a foundation and proven path to college and career Ssccess.
  
Staff teaching the Project Lead the Way curriculum have been through an extensive training program for the Design and Modeling Module. They went through the curriculum, learned the 3D software and created the type of projects the students will see next year, such as creating a playground.  The playground was created piece by piece beginning with the 2D sketch, making each part 3D, then assembling the piece. During the 7th grade year, students will be taking Design and Modeling, their first course in the Project Lead the Way middle school program, Gateway  to Technology. Students will learn the value of an engineering notebook to document their ideas. They will be introduced to and use the design process to solve problems.  They will learn the importance creative and innovative design has on our lives.  Students will use industry standard 3D modeling software (Autodesk Inventor) to create a virtual image of their designs and will produce a portfolio to showcase their creative designs and solutions.  Some of their creations will be furniture, a playground, and a skimmer.” 
 
During the 8th grade year, students will take the second course, Automation and Robotics.  They will learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine transfer and computer control systems.  They will use VEX kits, robotic platforms, to design, build and program a solution to a problem.
 
Schlarman Academy will also be introducing STEM curriculum to grade school level classes during the 2015-16 school year. Students will be engaging in hands-on activities designed to immerse students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics by using Project-Based Learning.

Students will use higher-order thinking skills and learn to work as a team. They must listen to others and make their own ideas clear when speaking, be able to read a variety of material, write or otherwise express themselves in various modes, and make effective presentations. These skills, competencies and habits of mind are often known as “21st century skills,” because they are prerequisites for success in the 21st century workplace. Engaging students in project-based learning prepares them to take on real-world challenges.

For more information, please visit the Project Lead the Way website.

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