What is Project Lead the Way (PLTW)?
Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is a STEM course that focuses on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. PLTW encourages students to develop critical thinking, problem solving and creativity through a wide range of engaging, hands-on activities. Students participate in simulations and must solve problems following the same steps that professional engineers use. Students will also apply knowledge from a variety of disciplines as they engage in hands-on activities, projects, and problems reflective of real-world scenarios and careers.
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Our Core Content:
In 6th grade, students will will engage in hands-on learning experiences specifically in the areas of aeronautics and electricity. All content and material is an extension of what is taught in the 6th grade core science classes. Therefore, the 6th Grade PLTW STEM class is considered an additional elective.
Aeronautics: “Flight and Space”
In this unit, we will explore the world of flight and space as we study the science behind aeronautics and use our knowledge to design, build, and test an airfoil.
Electricity: “Magic of Electrons”
In this unit, we will examine the behavior and parts of atoms as well as the impact of electricity on the world around them. They learn skills in basic circuitry design and use what they know to propose designs such as a burglar alarm for an art museum.
Homework assignments are based upon the grade level content standards assigned by the state of West Virginia. All homework assignments are used as a supplemental resource for students to extend their learning and understanding outside of the classroom. It is the student’s responsibility to bring the homework home and to return the homework completed on the specified school day. Additionally, any work that is not completed in class will also be assigned for homework and expected to be returned the following school day.
Below you will find links to a few important documents pertaining to this class: