• Gateway to Technology - Project Lead the Way

    Gateway to Technology 1 (GTT1)

    Design and Modeling (DM) – We learn and work through the Engineering Process.  We first learn the process of design and draw using industry accepted practices.  We then take some of our designs to the Production Shop and bring them to life using power and hand tools.  They build out of wood and other materials. 

    Next we move into Computer Aided Design (CAD).  The students learn the basics of CAD using real industry software to design and model various objects and projects.  Some of these we 3D print and others we take to the Production Shop to build.

    Automation and Robotics (AR) - Students trace the history, development, and influence of automation and robotics as they learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems. Students use the VEX Robotics platform to design, build, and program real-world objects.  Some of these include automated machines and others are robots that drive around under their own programming.

    We learn computer coding using a programming language that is based off JavaScript.  The students must troubleshoot and problem solve to make the machines and robots perform as designed. It is a fun and challenging introduction to the world of robotics.

    Gateway to Technology 2 (GTT2)


    Science of Technology

    Science impacts the technology of yesterday, today, and the future. We explore flight, space, physics, chemistry and nanotechnology.

    The exciting world of aerospace comes alive through our flight and space sections.   Students explore the science behind aeronautics and use their knowledge to design, build, and test the basics of rocketry.  We use the Production Shop to build various projects including airfoils and rockets.

    We explore and apply the concepts of physics, chemistry, and nanotechnology using STEM activities and projects.  These include making ice cream, cleaning up an oil spill, and discovering the properties of nano-materials.  We build lots of physics based projects in our Production Shop.  The final project is a Rube Goldberg inspired project that puts the whole class working together to create multiple machines that must all work together to achieve a common goal.

    Magic of Electrons

    Through hands-on projects, students explore electricity, the behavior and parts of atoms, and sensing devices. They learn knowledge and skills in basic circuitry design, and examine the impact of electricity on the world around them.  We build many different electric and electromagnetic projects in our Production Shop.  We also use Snap Circuit kits to learn how electricity works and flows through the circuits.  The students also learn advanced topics such as Logic Gates. We even get into soldering together real working projects.

Last Modified on August 10, 2017