Project Lead the Way
Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is a national program designed to attract students to careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
This program teaches students to use outside-the-box thinking skills, fabrication, prototyping, computer programming, genetic research, and 3D modeling. The lessons are designed to inspire and challenge while remaining relevant to students’ day-to-day lives.
PLTW classes offered at Grenada Middle School include:
Science of Technology
In this unit, students apply the concepts of physics, chemistry, and nanotechnology to activities and projects, including making ice cream, cleaning up an oil spill, and discovering the properties of nano-materials.
Automation and Robotics
Students learn about the history and impact of automation and robotics as they explore mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems. Using the VEX Robotics® platform, students apply what they know to design and program traffic lights, robotic arms, and more.
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.
Students play the role of real-life medical detectives as they collect and analyze medical data to diagnose disease. They solve medical mysteries through hands-on projects and labs, measure and interpret vital signs, examine nervous system structure and function, investigate disease outbreaks, and explore how a breakdown within the human body can lead to dysfunction.