Middle school students were challenged through beginning engineering projects at a Gateway to Technology summer camp on June 17-20, 2013, at Granbury Middle School.
The tech camp, which was sponsored by the Granbury ISD career and technical education department, included numerous students who will be in grades 6-8 at Acton Middle School or GMS next school year. Included were a wide variety of hands-on activities that are encouraging them to work collaboratively within groups and use critical thinking skills to create various projects.
Projects included airplanes, an egg drop, water bottle rockets, dragsters, homemade ice cream, and experiment involving Mentos and Diet Coke.
Leading the camp were GMS teachers Jeff Berryman and Todd Gibson along with AMS teacher Brad Eppler.
GTT is the beginning of the Project Lead The Way engineering courses, which prepare students to be innovative and productive leaders and to make meaningful, pioneering contributions to our world. The program provides a rigorous education through an engaging, hands-on curriculum and helps students develop problem-solving skills, critical thinking, creative and innovative reasoning, and a love of learning.
Through the class, AMS and GMS students are getting a head start on high school-level courses through the GTT classes, which include an activity-oriented program designed to challenge and engage the natural curiosity of middle school students. The program is taught in conjunction with a rigorous academic curriculum that includes courses on design and modeling, electrons, the science of technology, and automation and robotics.
Pictured above, AMS student Kyle Beck prepares for the rocketry demonstration.