In 2015-2016, Peters will begin implementing the Project Lead the Way curriculum. Fifth grade students will complete four 10-hour units of study, called modules.
Robotics and Automation
Student exploration of robotics includes ways that robots are used in today’s world and the impact of their use on society and the environment. Students learn about a variety of robotic components as they build and test mobile robots that may be controlled remotely. The design problem provides an opportunity for students to apply their robotic skills and knowledge to solve a real-world problem related to environmental disaster cleanup.
Robotics and Automation: Challenge
Students expand their understanding of robotics as they explore mechanical design and computer programming. The focus for this module centers on developing skills needed to build and program autonomous robots. Students develop programming skills in a variety of platforms, including tablet applications and browser-based programming environments. Finally, students apply the robotic knowledge and skills they have developed to build and program an autonomous robot to solve a real-world design problem.
Students explore transmission of infection, agents of disease, and mechanisms the body uses to stay healthy. Students design and run an experiment related to limiting the spread of germs and apply results to propose appropriate prevention methods. When presented with a fictional disease outbreak scenario, students examine evidence to deduce the agent of infection, the likely source of the outbreak, and the path of transmission through this fictional school.
Infection: Modeling and Simulation
Of all the things computers can do, one of the most helpful is the ability to process a lot of information very quickly. Students discover this and other powerful ideas about computing as they investigate models and simulations. Exploration begins with students acting out a simulation in which they are agents following rules of a given model. Applying their new understandings, they program their own models and collect data by running simulations with different parameters.
- PLTW Launch Curriculum
- Robotics and Automation Key Terms
- Robotics and Automation Challenge Key Terms
- Infection Detection Key Terms
- Infection Modeling and Simulation Key Terms