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Project Lead the Way

Project Lead the Way - What is it?

"Through topics like robotics, flight and space, and DNA and crime scene analysis, middle school students engage their natural curiosity and imagination in creative problem solving. PLTW’s Gateway program is a strong foundation for further STEM learning in high school and beyond, challenging students to solve real-world challenges, such as cleaning oil spills and designing sustainable housing solutions. Using the same advanced software and tools as those used by the world’s leading companies, students learn how to apply math, science, technology, and engineering to their everyday lives."

Lindbergh students will participate in the following units of study:

Design & Modeling
Students will learn about the diversity and importance of engineering in shaping our society.  Students will learn the “design process” and how engineers use it to find solutions to an engineering problem.  


Students will learn the practical skills of keeping an engineering notebook to document and communicate their creative ideas.  Students will use sketching techniques, such as orthographic projection and isometric drawings to relay their designs.


Students will use Autodesk® Inventor Professional to learn the fundamentals of using a CAD software (Computer-Aided Design), the same way real engineers use to design a solution to particular real-life problems.  Using this software, students will first learn basic file organization in their computers and then move unto creating part files (.ipt) to create 3-Dimensional models on their computers.  Students will finally assemble these part files in their computers to finalize their designs.


Students will use an accumulation of what they learn to accomplish a given project, in particular, designing a furniture with a specific use and a themed playground.  Throughout the semester, students will learn to work with others in groups to complete assignments, teaching them the skills involved and the effects of successful collaboration.  In addition, students will improve their speaking skills as they communicate their designs by presenting to the class.

Automation & Robotics
Students will trace the history, development, and influence of automation and robotics as they learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer controlled systems.


Students will learn about how technology helps shape our environment and how robotics is present in our everyday lives.
Students will learn about mechanical systems such as simple gear trains, rack and pinions, and bevel gears to name a few.  Students will use this knowledge to design gears with known gear ratios to improve the torque or speed of a given design.  Their projects involve using the appropriate mechanical systems to solve realistic problems with certain criteria.

Students will use the VEX Robotics® platform to design and build real-world objects such as traffic lights, toll booths, and robotic arms.  With the use of ROBOTC software, students will learn basic programming skills to autonomously control mechanical systems that they design and build.  Computer engineers apply these fundamental coding skills to achieve real-life career projects.  Throughout the semester, students will learn to work with others in groups to complete assignments, teaching them the skills involved and the effects of successful collaboration.  In addition, students will improve their speaking skills as they communicate their designs by presenting to the class.

To read recent articles about the PLTW program, click here.

PLTW - Leading the Way to High School

PLTW is a nationally recognized program.  Several LBUSD High Schools have a Project Lead the Way program for students to continue with after attending Lindbergh STEM Academy.  Click on these local high schools to find out more about THEIR PLTW programs. 

Cabrillo High School

McBride

Lakewood

CAMS