Technology in Action is a full year elective that introduces students to the world of technology and how it is used in a variety of careers. This course is designed to explore technologies that surround us, examine how they affect daily life, and learn about how those technologies are used in the world of work. Through student-centered learning modules and whole class activities and projects, students get a broad sampling of the technology and careers that drive modern society. It also serves as a preview for Career and Technical Education courses available in high school.
GATEWAY TO TECHNOLOGY 1
Middle school is the perfect time for students to explore and learn there is more than one way to solve a problem. Gateway To Technology 1 provides Project Lead the Way engineering curriculum for middle school student to challenge and inspire them.
Through two distinct modules, Design & Modeling and Automation & Robotics, students get rigorous and relevant experiences through activity-, project-, and problem-based learning. They use technology to solve realistic problems while also gaining skills in communication, collaboration, critical-thinking, and creativity.
- DESIGN & MODELING
Student apply the design process to solve problems and understand the influence of creativity and innovation in their lives. They work in teams to design and develop their ideas in an engineering notebook. Using Sketch-Up modeling software, students create a virtual model of their designs.
- AUTOMATION & ROBOTICS
Students trace the history, development, and influence of automation and robotics as they learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems. Students use the VEX Robotics® platform to design, build, and program real-world objects such as traffic lights, toll booths, and robotic arms.
* Gateway To Technology 1 is a pre-engineering elective offered to seventh and eighth grade students. Students who pass all sections of the course, and attend 90%+ class days are eligible to receive 0.5 high school credits.
INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE
Middle school is the perfect time for students to explore the digital world in which they have grown up. Introduction to Computer Science provides Project Lead the Way computer science curriculum for middle school students that challenges and inspires.
Through two cohesive modules, Mobile Computing and Crowds & Clouds, students get rigorous and relevant experiences through activity-, project-, and problem-based learning. They learn to use the AGILE Method and Paired Programming strategies, just like professional programmers, to create Android apps and Python programs.
- MOBILE COMPUTING
Mobile Computing focuses on programming and creating software in small steps. It uses MIT App Inventor, the AGILE method, and Pair Programming to provide students with real world experience.
- CROWDS & CLOUDS
Crowds & Clouds revolves around how data drives the programming world, especially how it is shared between devices. Students use MIT App Inventor and the Python language to gather, share, and analyze data.
* Introduction to Computer Science is a computer science elective offered to eighth grade students who have successfully completed Gateway To Technology 1. Students who pass all sections of the course, and attend 90%+ class days are eligible to receive 0.5 high school credits.