Clover, South Carolina

Project Lead the Way

Gateway to Technology

Welcome to PLTW

Instructor: Jackie Osterhout, M.Ed

Subject Area: Career Technology/STEM

Classroom: A185

email: jacqueline.osterhout@clover.k12.sc.us

Step into the Oakridge Middle School Career Technology Lab and you enter a workshop, science lab, computer lab, and art room blended into one unique learning space. It is a place to discover how designers work to create the technology we use today and for the future. Following the Project Lead the Way Curriculum, students create, design, build and problem solve. Students that like hands-on projects, working with others, and that are good independent workers will enjoy PLTW classes.


A Special Message to

Rising 6th Graders and All New Students

Design and Modeling

A message for 7th Grade PLTW Students

Grade 7


Grade 8 Pull-Toy Parade

Pull Toy Challenge

A pull-toy is pulled along the ground and a movement is produced, such as a head nods, a tail wags or a figure bobs up and down. The pull-toys use mechanisms to transfer energy from the wheels to the characters that define them.

Student Task:

  • The mechanism is to be built entirely from VEX parts.

  • The mechanism is to be built on a small, four-wheel chassis capable of being pulled across a smooth and level surface where the toy will move as a result of the movement of the wheels.

  • A gear mechanism attached to the wheels will make another part of the pull toy move.

  • An illustration should be added to the output of the mechanism so as to simulate the toy.

Robot dragster

Grade 8 Robot Dragster Designs


2019 Automated Winter Wonderland

Windmill Designs: Two Mechanical Outputs

Gears and Mechanisms Toy Parade.mp4

Pull Toy Parade: Spring 2019

Pull Toy Parade Oct., 2019

8th Grade: Toy Design Parade

October, 2019

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Engineering Careers Web Quest

A - Z Engineering

Directions- In this activity, you will use the computers and internet to research and alphabetically name as many types of engineers as you can. You must find at least 20 of the 26 letters below. Be sure to read the job description so you have some understanding of what each does! Place a star by any type of engineering that seems interesting, to easily go back and find more information for part 2.

Use the links below to get you started on the Engineering Career's Web Quest. This is not a complete list, and you may find it necessary to use other websites which are not listed!

Create an Engineering Careers Word Search

1) Click on the link above (Puzzle Maker).

  • Section 1: Enter a creative title for your word search.

  • Section 2: Enter 20 x 20 as the size of your word search puzzle

  • Section 3: Check the bubble for "Share letters occasionally."

  • Section 4: Check the bubble for "text".

  • Section 5: Enter each of your 20 engineering careers (from part 1). Be sure to separate each career name by a comma. DO NOT enter the word engineering for each career.

  • Section 6: Click "Create my Puzzle" and check over your puzzle to be sure that all 20 of your words have been included.

2) After your puzzle has been created, copy and paste the puzzle and terms into a blank Word document

Add your title and your name to the top of the document and save it.

Wonderland. Ty,Clay,Ty

Winter Wonderland

Tyler F. Clayton B. Tyler J.