is normally a two-year program. Project
Lead The Way (PLTW)'s GTT course will
be complemented with MESA.
GTT is a Middle School curriculum designed to expose
students to a broad overview of the field of technology and its related
processes. Because engineers use mathematics, science, and technology
to solve problems, the course has been designed to be hands-on,
activity oriented, and team
based. It incorporates four units:
Unit 1 offers an introduction to the design process and the application
of basic geometry via three-dimensional modeling on the computer.
Unit 2 would reinforce the fundamentals of electricity when students
apply basic principles to circuit design. Unit 3 would explore the
mechanics of movement, energy systems, and communications. Unit 4
is the final unit, focusing on automation and robotics.
Each of these units is designed to give students a scientific background
to the topic and provide them time for design and production. Rather
than just an overview, the course provides students with opportunities
for both horizontal and vertical movement as they progress in the
course. Students will use Autodesk Inventor 5.3, a mechanical
design software. Inventor is an assembly-centric solid modeling
(3D) and drawing production (2D) system.
MESA will give students an opportunity to apply their
skills at competitions. Students build mousetrap cars, gliders, bridges,
and more to compete with area schools. Whether they bring home a trophy
or not, students will learn skills needed for team projects, practice
project management skills, and develop their self-confidence. This
past April, in the M.E.S.A. Day at the Mall, 12 of our student were
placed in the top 3 in 3 different events, and all received medals
for their performance!
Semester: August 21, 2003 - January 16, 2004 (GTT)
2nd Semester: January 20, 2004 - June 3, 2004 (MESA)
Materials: Loose-leaf notebook, pen, pencil, & student
Positive attitude & understanding of classroom rules and procedures