Project Lead The Way Information

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    Washington Middle School offers five Project Lead the Way courses. These include Intro to Engineering (6th), Design and Modeling (7th), Medical Detectives (7th), Automation & Robotics (8th), and Intro to Computer Science (8th). 

     
    Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is the leading provider of rigorous and innovative STEM (science, technology,engineering and math) education curricular programs used in schools. As a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, PLTW exists to prepare students for the global economy through its world-class curriculum, high-quality professional development, and an engaged network of educators, students, universities, and professionals. PLTW’s comprehensive curriculum has been designed by PLTW teachers, university educators, engineering and biomedical professionals, and school administrators to promote critical thinking, creativity, innovation, and real-world problem solving skills in students. The hands-on, project-based program engages students on multiple levels, exposes them to areas of study that they typically do not pursue, and provides them with a foundation and proven path to college and career success.
     
    Gateway to Technology (GTT):  GTT is intended for grades six through eight and is offered as indpendent, nine-week units that explore aerospace, energy, the environment, modeling, robotics, technology and other STEM-related topics.  The activities-oriented curriculum challenges and engages the natural curiosity of students.  GTT units, taught in conjunction with a rigorous academic curriculum, are designed to spark an interest in STEM subjects and prepare students for further study in high school.  GTT is a natural lead into PLTW's Pathway To Engineering and Biomedical Sciences Programs.
     
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