Automation & Robotics:
Teams of 8th Grade students are designing, building, and programming robots that provide specific services to help those in need. The students will understand the robot to be a tool that they can use in their Virtuous Ventures. The students’ robots will incorporate specific 3D-printed parts for robots, which will underscore for students how the design of a specific part will lead to successful assembly and operation of a completed robot.Each team of students will be able to choose a real world challenge that is meaningful to the team. Team A may decide to design a robot that salts an icy driveway for the elderly. Team B may decide to design a robot that carries a backpack for someone with cerebral palsy. We will be inviting a designer to be present and work hands-on with the students, observing the students’ work and discussing designs with them. Students will utilize VEX kits to design and build their robots, RobotC to program the robots, and Autodesk Inventor and the school’s 3D printer to print a part that is compatible with and enhances the robot’s ability to complete the specified task.
Design & Modeling:
7th graders are diving into Design & Modeling course, logging, step-by-step, the engineering design process in their engineering notebooks. They’ll be studying real world problems, taking real world constraints into consideration, and using Autodesk Inventor software to design solutions.
Energy & the Environment:
5th and 6th graders are investigating the impact of energy on our lives and the environment. They’ll be challenged to design and model alternative energy sources.
Why Project Lead The Way?
The U.S. is in a skills-gap crisis. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) jobs are expected to grow 17% by 2018. Yet, 1.2 million of these jobs will be unfulfilled because U.S. students lack the skills and interest needed to fill these jobs – unless someone does something to address this gap. Project Lead The Way addresses this gap – and St. Croix Catholic was the first Catholic school in the state of Minnesota to assume Project Lead The Way’s STEM courses.
View the latest PLTW videos to learn more: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQq6Fu8VK3A