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This year Pleasant Valley Junior High will be incorporating new curriculum in the Industrial Technology department. The students will be learning a nationally known curriculum called Gateway To Technology from the organization Project Lead the Way. Gateway To Technology (Junior High Engineering Program) is a project-based program designed to challenge and engage the natural curiosity and imagination of middle school students. Taught in conjunction with a rigorous academic curriculum, the Pleasant Valley Junior High's program is divided into two, nine-week independent units.
Seventh graders will be learning about Design and Modeling and the Eighth graders will be learning about Automation and Robotics.
This unit uses solid modeling software (a sophisticated mathematical technique for representing solid objects) as part of the design process. Utilizing this design approach, students understand how design influences their lives. Students also learn sketching techniques and use descriptive geometry as a component of design, measurement and computer modeling. Students brainstorm, research, develop ideas, create models, test and evaluate design ideas and communicate solutions.
Students trace the history, development, and influence of automation and robotics. They learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation and computer control systems. Students acquire knowledge and skills in problem solving, teamwork collaboration and innovation.