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Project Lead the Way Provides Early Gateway to Technology
Jackson Creek students enrolled in the new Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Gateway to Technology pre-engineering course are finalizing their playground designs for a presentation on Monday, October 26. PLTW is "the nation's leading provider of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs. Through world-class K-12 curriculum, high-quality teacher professional development, and outstanding partnerships, PLTW is helping students develop the skills needed to succeed in the global economy."
In 2015-16, the MCCSC expanded PLTW courses to Jackson Creek Middle School making the curriculum available in all middle and high school settings in the MCCSC. While courses at the high school level become more specific in various areas of technology and technology-related careers, the Gateway middle school course is designed to offer exposure to many technology and engineering concepts throughout the year.
The project pictured below is the culmination of group work by students in the Jackson Creek pre-engineering course. Students were assigned groups and tasked with the research, design, presentation, and pitch for an elementary school playground. Jackson Creek PLTW teacher, Mr. Luke Chanley, not only taught design principles and math skills such as those needed for creating a scaled model, but the project will culminate with instruction on making a proper business presentation and pitch. Students collaborate using the Google Presentation web application, learn presentation skills, and even discuss proper attire for making a formal presentation.
A Bloomington South student assembles a SeaPerch robot. Robotics clubs exists at the high schools supplementing instruction and hands-on STEM learning opportunities beyond the PLTW courses.