Teachers at J.J. Daniell are encouraged to include STEM/STEAM concepts in their planning and for students in their classrooms. Currently we are evaluating and developing plans for future STEM/STEAM certifications. More information will be made available as plans are finalize.
In an effort to support our STEM/STEAM initiative, our school participates Project Lead the Way for our 8th grade students. Project Lead The Way (PLTW) provides curriculum to students and professional development to teachers in more than 6,500 schools across the country. The technology curriculum from this program helps students understand how their education is relevant to their lives and future careers. Through PLTW students participate in two modules. The first is Design & Modeling. In this course students apply the design process to solve problems and understand the influence of creativity and innovation in their lives. Working in teams or with partners they are also able to learn the technology behind auto-cad and 3D Modeling software. This is followed by Automation & Robotics. 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.