Creative Problem Solving & Classroom Engagement
Project Lead the Way (P.L.T.W) Gateway to Engineering is offered to students in junior high 2 times per week.
S.T.E.M programs encourage students to use their creativity and natural abilities to solve the programs’ challenging problems.
PLTW’s Gateway to Engineering allows students in junior high to EXPLORE, students are given the opportunity to figure out what they are passionate about today and how that relates to who they will become tomorrow.
As students engage in PLTW’s activities in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science, they see a range of paths and possibilities they can look forward to in high school and beyond.
The three P.L.T.W programs offered at St. Patrick’s School are:
- Design and Modeling- Students discover the design process and develop an understanding of the influence of creativity and innovation in their lives. They are then challenged and empowered to use and apply what they’ve learned throughout the unit to design a therapeutic toy for a child who has cerebral palsy.
- Energy and the Environment- Students are challenged to think big and toward the future as they explore sustainable solutions to our energy needs and investigate the impact of energy on our lives and the world. They design and model alternative energy sources and evaluate options for reducing energy consumption.
- 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.
Project Lead the Way Gateway to Engineering:
- Engage students in hands-on activities, projects, and problems
- Empower students to solve real-world challenges
- Inspire students to see themselves in new ways