Middle school

Jeffrey Anderson


Jeff Anderson

Hello and welcome to Project Lead the Way (PLTW)!!
This is a wonderful course in exposing students to engineering, cooperative learning, hands on, real-world problem solving, and so much more that will help prepare students for their high school,college & and future careers.

I am at Kellogg Middle School in the morning from 7:20-11:30 A.M. teaching the PLTW course Energy and Environent (EE) to 6th graders. I then travel to John Adams Middle School and teach PLTW course Automation and Robotics (AR) to 8th graders fall semester and Design and Model (DM) to 7th graders in spring semester.

Energy and Environment introduces 6th grade students to what engineers do and the design process all engineers utilize when they solve problems. This class has a focus on how we produce energy and the effects our energy consumption has on our environment. This class has a balance of lectures and lessons to provide background knowledge along with projects in which students work in cooperative groups to apply what they learned. Students are able to explore the alternative energy solutions to our energy needs. 

Design & Model is a class for 7th graders. In this class students have hands on experiences going through the design process to design products for a certain purpose. Students also learn how to design using the program Sketchup and have the fun opportunity to 3D print the object they design. This is also a great course for students to develop skills in measurement by applying precise measurement in both the design process and the creation of the models they create. 

Automation & Robotics is a class for 8th graders. In the first part of this class students learn the different mechanisms that are found in all machines that are used today. Students work in teams building each mechanism, learning how the mechanism works and how gear ratios effect torque and speed. In the second part of this course students learn how to write code to make certain sensors and motors to function. in the final section of this class, students are placed in engineering teams and are given a variety of scenarios that require a machine to solve a certain problem. Each student gets a turn in being either a mechanical engineer, electrical engineer, and a computer engineer The mechanical engineer will design and build the mechanism for the situation, the electrical engineer will decide what motors and sensors will be used and how it will be connected to the cortex (main computer), and the computer engineer will write the code that will make the machine act out it's purpose.

All three of these courses are designed to introduce students to the very wide variety of engineering careers that require very different skills. This allows students to explore and discover what they like and don't like. When your child progresses on to high school, they are more able to make informed decisions on which electives they would like to pursue, and the ultimate goal, if this is a career your child would be interested in going to college for.

In all these courses students learn life long skills such as critical problem solving, communication, grit, computer skills, mechanical skills, and a proven process on how to solve problems.  

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