Teaching and Learning

Project Lead the Way (PLTW)

Sixth, seventh and eighth grade students have the opportunity to participate in Project Lead the Way (PLTW) for one quarter during the school year. Each year the students explore a different topic related to STEM.  

6th grade students engage in a variety of modules through a course titled Medical Detectives. 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.”

7th grade students investigate the exciting world of aerospace comes alive through the Flight and Space (FS) unit. Students become engineers as they design, prototype, and test models to learn about the science of flight and what it takes to travel and live in space. They solve real-world aviation and space challenges and plan a mission to Mars.

8th grade students take on the role of interns, and work in teams to identify design requirements and create prototypes in the Automation and Robotics unit. Students also explore different aspects of automation and robotics, and experience how solving real-life problems involves the teamwork of mechanical engineers, software developers, and electrical engineers.

To find out more about the framework, standards, and the courses, see the links below:

Medical Detectives Unit at a Glance

Medical Detectives Framework & Standards

Flight and Space Unit at a Glance

Flight and Space Framework & Standards

Automation and Robotics Unit at a Glance

Automation and Robotics Framework and Standards


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