Benjamin Franklin once said, “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” At J.L. Lomax Elementary, the goal of Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is just that; to involve scholars in activity-, project-, and problem-based instruction that will lead to a real-world understanding of skills that may be necessary later in life and careers.
Currently, classes of scholars are learning about a variety of topics, including Computer Systems, Variation of Traits, and Stability and Motion. In the Computer Systems Unit, scholars are being challenged to learn the input and output systems of the human body and compare how those are related to the input and output systems of a computer. In the final project, scholars will use their newly learned computer programming skills to develop their own reaction/time-measurement games on their devices. In the Variation of Traits unit, students are investigating the difference between inherited genetic traits and those that are learned or influenced by the environment. Students are growing their own plants and investigating dominant and recessive genes such as colored or hairy stems. In the Stability and Motion unit, students are studying forces and simple machines using Vex Construction Kits. These kits will be used along with iPads and applications to build simple machines, with a final project consisting of a requirement to build a compound machine that can rescue an imaginary tiger from the moat at the zoo.