The Gateway to Technology middle school technology curriculum is the introductory course in a sequence of courses offered at the junior high school and high school. The purpose of the curriculum is to expose students to a broad overview of the field of technology and its related processes. Because engineers use technology to solve problems, many of the modules included in each unit relate to a field of engineering or engineering technology. The Gateway curriculum contains four units: Design and Modeling, Flight and Space, The Science of Technology, and Automation and Robotics. Various activities will be completed either individually or through paired cooperative learning groups. Some of the hands-on activities include the design and construction of CO2 dragsters using solid modeling computer software, the simulation of various manufacturing processes using specialized modeling equipment, and the construction and flight of hot air balloons, gliders, and rockets.
COMPUTER APPLICATIONS (½ Unit of Credit)Computer Applications is a half-credit course designed to develop proficiency using a computer for a variety of tasks. This course meets the technology standards for students graduating from the New Hartford Central School System.
In this course, each student is instructed on how to utilize the school’s network system, using the Microsoft Office software packages and Spartan Applications. Students will use the word processing, spreadsheet, and computer presentation applications. Students will apply these skills to produce a variety of personal and professional documents including business letters, mail merge documents, tables, and research papers. Students are instructed in spreadsheet formulas for numerical calculation as well as graph construction and interpretation. Instruction on presentation design focuses on content organization and layout techniques. Students explore the impact of computing in society and the application of computing across career paths, and build skills and awareness in digital citizenship and cybersecurity. Students will create simple apps for mobile devices using MIT App Inventor®. Using Spartan Applications, a web based software program, documents can be shared for viewing and/or collaboration. Users can work in an online mode in real time. Within each of these applications, students complete a variety of activities to develop their computer literacy for school and personal use.
PLTW DESIGN AND DRAWING FOR PRODUCTION - DDP (1 Unit of Credit)
In this course, students use 3D solid modeling design software to help them design solutions to solve proposed problems. Students will learn how to document their work and communicate solutions to peers and members of the professional community. This course is designed for 9th or 10th grade students. The major focus of the DDP course is to expose students to the design process, research and analysis, teamwork, communication methods, global and human impacts, engineering standards and technical documentation.
Students who are enrolled in Design and Drawing for Production may be able to earn college credit through Rochester Institute of Technology. Credit for this course may be transferred to other colleges. The cost to the student is $250. To be eligible a student must earn at least an 85 in the course and earn at least a 70 on an exam provided by PLTW.
PROJECT LEAD THE WAY (PLTW) is a partnership among schools, colleges, universities and industry to address America's need for highly skilled technology workers. PLTW at New Hartford is designed to help students explore technology related careers and to prepare them for two and four year college technology degree programs. Each class is taught in a laboratory setting using state-of-the-art technology equipment and software. Instruction is generally one-third theory and two-thirds application, sometimes involving mentors from industry and colleges. Class activities focus on problem-solving, requiring students to work in teams to generate solutions. Typically, students who enjoy math and science will benefit from exploring at least part of, if not the entire PLTW program. For more information on PLTW, check out their website at www.pltw.org.