Inspiring. Engaging. Empowering.
K-5 students already have the qualities of great designers and innovators. What PLTW Launch does is tap into their exploratory nature, engage them in learning that feels like play, and encourage them to keep discovering – now and for years to come.
PLTW Launch’s 24 interdisciplinary modules bring learning to life. The program empowers students to adopt a design-thinking mindset through compelling activities, projects, and problems that build upon each other and relate to the world around them. And as students engage in hands-on activities in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science, they become creative, collaborative problem solvers ready to take on any challenge.
Our PLTW (Project Lead The Way) Gateway to Technology program has expanded to include our elementary students. This is a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) class that is inquiry and project based. Our GTT teacher, Ms. Yoder, helps our younger students develop their critical thinking and problem solving skills, and then apply those skills to real world situations. Here we see Mrs. Itzkowitz’s first graders learning about sound. In this unit, they will also study light.
‘Materials Science’ will be taught to our second graders. Third grade will learn about ‘Stability and Motion’. ‘Energy: Collisions/Conversions’ and ‘Robotics and Automation’ will be taught to our fourth and fifth graders, respectively.
The curriculum for this program is aligned with the Common Core English Language Arts and Mathematics Standards, as well as the NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards).