FLINT TWP. — Starting last September, Carman-Ainsworth Middle School Students have been offered the opportunity to learn about “Design & Modeling” and “Automation & Robotics” in two nine-week study units provided by C-A’s new Project Lead the Way (PLTW) curriculum.
PLTW is the nation’s leading program in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). The project based science curriculum is almost entirely hands-on and exposes students to rigorous and relevant problem-based learning activities.
“They use industry leading technology to solve problems while gaining skills in communication, collaboration, critical-thinking, and creativity,” said CAMS principal, Kevin Summey.
Recently the students built pull toys as a way to learn about producing movement such as nodding heads, wagging tails and bobbing up and down. The pull toys use mechanisms to transfer energy from the wheels.
“This project was an accumulation of intense studies we undertook to learn about gears and mechanisms that leads into our next unit that will study motors and programming,” Summey said.