Welcome to 8th Grade Technology Education
Technology Education at Calkins Road follows the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) pre-engineering middle school curriculum called Gateway to Technology (GTT). This cutting-edge program addresses the interest and energy of middle school students, empowering them to lead their own discovery. GTT’s activity, project, problem based learning incorporates national standards in math, science, and technology. The four instructional units taught at CRMS are designed to teach students to be creative and innovative, while developing essential skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and perseverance.
In the second year of Technology Education, eighth grade students will explore mechanisms and computer programming in the “Automation and Robotics” unit. Basic concepts and understandings will be applied to the solution of problems requiring construction, wiring, and programming of simple mechanical models. In the “Magic of Electrons” unit students explore electricity, the behavior and parts of atoms, magnetism and sensing devices as well as developing skills in basic circuitry design through hands-on projects.