Gateway to Technology GTT

PLTW Middle School Courses

Software Used in GTT Course: Autodesk Inventor Professional

Unit 1: Design and Modeling

  • Introduces the design process using solid modeling
  • Learn sketching techniques. Use descriptive geometry as a component of design, measurement, &computer modeling
  • Using design briefs or abstracts, students create models and documentation to solve problems.

Unit 2: The Magic of Electronics

  • Hands on projects to explore science of electricity, movement of atoms, circuit design and sensing devices
  • Design simple circuits to real world conditions and explore the implications of electricity on our lives

Unit 3: The Science of Technology

  • Science of Technology- tracing how science has effected technology throughout history
  • Mechanics of motion- conversion of energy from one form to another
  • Use of science to improve communication

Unit 4: Automation and Robotics

  • Introduction to automation and robotics- tracing history and development
  • Structures, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems.
  • Students acquire knowledge &skills in engineering problem solving and explore requirements for careers in engineering.

There are two classifications for implementation:

GTT Basic: Middle Schools must implement minimum of two units (Design and Automation Units).

GTT Advanced: Middle Schools must implement at least 4 units including the Design and Automation.

Lackawanna Middle School is classified as GTT Advanced

The Middle School Standard of Excellence program recognizes middle schools that have successfully implemented the Gateway To Technology curriculum.

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