• Technology Engineering at McCarthy
      Pam O'Meara
      7th & 8th Technology Engineering
    Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Gateway to Technology Middle School Engineering
    The PLTW Gateway to Technology (GTT) program features a project-based curriculum designed to challenge and engage the natural curiosity and imagination of middle school students. They acquire knowledge and skills in problem solving, teamwork and innovation as well as explore STEM careers. The knowledge that students gain and skills they build from GTT create a strong foundation for further STEM learning in high school and beyond. For more information please visit: PLTW at www.pltw.org.
    Design and Modeling (DM) unit in 7th grade:
    In this unit, students are introduced to the design process and skills essential to design and modeling. Students will participate in design challenges to create an optimal solution and prototype, learn thumbnail, perspective, isometric, and multi-view sketching for communicating without technology.  Students will also use various software packages to be introduced to mathematical modeling, simulation, and solid modeling. SketchUp 3D modeling software is used to create a virtual image of their design, which can then be printed on our in-classroom 3D Makerbot printers.
    Automation and Robotics (AR) unit in 8th grade:
    In this unit students trace the history, development, and influence of automation and robotics. They learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems. .Students use VEX Robotics® components along with ROBOTC to design, build, and program real-world desired objects such as traffic lights, toll booths, & motorized pull toys.


  • ** Welcome 7th and 8th grade students! **

    7th graders - Look forward to:  Foot Orthosis Design Challenge and Puzzle Cube Design Challenge and 3D Printing

    8th graders - Look forward to:  11 different types of mechanisms, Pull Toy Vex Robot project and Motorizing Your Pull Toy

    Excellent persistance, determination, flexing their approach, and creativity by our McCarthy Engineers.

    Enjoy this past year's project photos!


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