Project Lead The Way at California State University, Chico

Project Lead The Way at California State University, Chico | Summer 2018 Schedule

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PLTW | Launch (Grades K-5)

Classroom Teacher Training:
Session 1: July 16-17
Session 2: July 30-31

This two-day, face-to-face, collaborative experience prepares teachers to facilitate and deliver a transformative learning experience in their classrooms. During PLTW Launch Classroom Teacher Training, teachers develop an understanding of the activity-, project-, problem-based (APB) instructional approach at the core of all 24 PLTW Launch modules. They embrace their role as facilitators of learning as they gain familiarity with grade-level modules and experience how to plan and implement PLTW Launch modules in the classroom. 

PLTW | Gateway (Middle School)

PLTW GatewayAutomation & Robotics: July 9-13

Students trace the history, development, and influence of automation and robotics as they learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems. Students use the VEX Robotics® platform to design, build, and program real-world objects such as traffic lights, toll booths, and robotic arms.

Design & Modeling: June 25-29

Students apply the design process to solve problems and understand the influence of creativity and innovation in their lives. They work in teams to design a playground and furniture, capturing research and ideas in their engineering notebooks. Using Autodesk® design software, students create a virtual image of their designs and produce a portfolio to showcase their innovative solutions.

Energy & the Environment: July 16-18

Students are challenged to think big and toward the future as they explore sustainable solutions to our energy needs and investigate the impact of energy on our lives and the world. They design and model alternative energy sources and evaluate options for reducing energy consumption.

Flight & Space: July 23-25

The exciting world of aerospace comes alive through Flight and Space. Students explore the science behind aeronautics and use their knowledge to design, build, and test an airfoil. Custom-built simulation software allows students to experience space travel.

Green Architecture: July 30-August 1

Students learn how to apply green concepts to the fields of architecture and construction. They explore dimensioning, measuring, and architectural sustainability and apply what they have learned to design affordable housing units using Autodesk’s® 3D architectural design software.

Medical Detectives: June 25-29

Students play the role of real-life medical detectives as they analyze genetic testing results to diagnose disease and study DNA evidence found at a “crime scene.” They solve medical mysteries through hands-on projects and labs, investigate how to measure and interpret vital signs, and learn how the systems of the human body work together to maintain health.