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Engineering

Gateway To Technology® Program

Build…
 …a robot
 …a racecar
 ...a fantastic future

The PLTW® Gateway To Technology® program is divided into five independent nine-week courses developed for grades six through eight. GTT is taught in conjunction with a rigorous academic curriculum and is designed to challenge and engage the natural curiosity of students.

Design and Modeling™ (DM)
Students use geometry, problem-solving, teamwork, and project management skills to design and develop product prototypes.

The Magic of Electrons™ (ME)
Engaged in relevant hands-on projects, students unravel the mysteries of digital circuitry.

The Science of Technology™ (ST)
Students apply scientific principles and concepts of simple machines and energy to solve real-world problems.

Automation and Robotics™ (AR)
Students design and build automated systems that incorporate the principles of electrons, physics, and robotics to gain an enriched understanding of the contemporary mechanical world.

Flight and Space™ (FS)
Developed with NASA, this unit explores the technology of aeronautics, propulsion, and rocketry. Students see connections between hands-on projects and academic subjects such as math and science.

GTT harnesses the enthusiasm and energy of middle school students. The program focuses on showing, not telling, students how to use engineering skills to solve everyday problems. Students won’t ask, “Will I ever have to use this in real life?” because they will be applying their skills as they learn them. The primary focus is on stronger math, science, and technology inquiry skills.