June 11, 2012
Middle school students are being challenged through beginning engineering projects at a Gateway to Technology summer camp on June 11-15, 2012, at Granbury High School.
The tech camp, which is sponsored by the Granbury ISD career and technology education department, includes about 140 students who will be in grades 6-8 at Acton Middle School or Granbury Middle School next school year.  Included is 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.
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 are students making a bridge from spaghetti and then testing the construction with weights.