Project Lead the Way

Posted: 12/21/2018 Categories: District News, HOMEPAGE Headlines, Lincoln High School News, Blacklick Elementary News, Chapelfield Elementary, Goshen Lane Elementary News, High Point Elementary News, Jefferson Elementary News, Lincoln Elementary News, Royal Manor Elementary News, Middle School South News, Middle School East News, Middle School West News

Project Lead the Way Molds Scientific Minds at the GJPS Middle Schools

Have you ever built a robot or solved a medical mystery? These days, your child may have - before they even graduate middle school! Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools is putting an increased focus on not-so-typical science classes, designed to prepare students for careers in a technological workforce.

Thanks to a Project Lead the Way grant, Gahanna middle school and high school students may elect to take one of three science classes: Automation and Robotics, Design and Modeling, or Medical Detectives.

Kristy Mishler teaches Automation and Robotics at Middle School South.

“It is our job as educators to prepare students for careers in the future,” said Mishler. “This class increases students' abilities to be problem-solvers, thinkers, and innovators.”

The eighth-grade students first learn how to build a robot in Mishler’s class, such as creating gear mechanisms and understanding programming. Then it is time to build - everything from a working windmill or bridge to an escalator or small car. The last week of the course, everyone builds a Battle Bot to "fight" in the ring. Currently, Mishler has 22 students in the class but is hoping to see more girls sign up in the future.

“I love teaching this course because my role is a true facilitator,” said Mishler. “The students are taught the basics in the beginning and then it is up to them to design, build, make mistakes, rebuild and find success. My job is to be a helping teammate while we all learn together.”Medical Detectives at GMSW

Students taking the Medical Detectives class participate in three areas of study, learning how to detect vital signs and how that information can help diagnose illnesses. They also learn about the five senses of the body and participate in the dissection of a sheep’s brain. Lastly, they try their hand at a murder mystery, working to determine the time and cause of death and how DNA is used to identify a suspect.

“Allowing students to explore the world of a medical detective as early as middle school is a wonderful opportunity for exposure to a potential career field,” said LaKeesha Ball, who teaches the course at Middle School West.

At Middle School East, every 7th grader takes Design and Modeling. Students develop an understanding of innovation that surrounds their daily lives as they analyze, design and produce prototypes using CAD programs and 3D printers.
Design at GMSE

Students begin the course creating a foot orthosis, designed for a person with cerebral palsy. They then move on to designing a 3D puzzle cube and, finally, an innovation of their choice such as a locker/desktop organizer, iPhone table holder, etc.

“The class allows for students to discover a systematic way to solve problems,” said David Merrick who teaches the course at Middle School East. “My favorite part is watching the excitement, the “ah ha” each student experiences when they complete the design process."

Merrick recalls his favorite success story from Design and Modeling which occurred just the other day.

“I was walking down the hall between classes and I noticed an 8th grader who took the course last year had her 3D printed locker organizer still in her locker. It was still being used a year later!”

Several Columbus area schools offer Project Lead the Way science classes which is a nice benefit to students. If a different course is offered outside the district, the program allows students to take advantage of those courses outside Gahanna Jefferson Public Schools and vice versa.


Project Lead the Way

Posted: 12/21/2018 Categories: District News, HOMEPAGE Headlines, Lincoln High School News, Blacklick Elementary News, Chapelfield Elementary, Goshen Lane Elementary News, High Point Elementary News, Jefferson Elementary News, Lincoln Elementary News, Royal Manor Elementary News, Middle School South News, Middle School East News, Middle School West News

Project Lead the Way Molds Scientific Minds at the GJPS Middle Schools

Have you ever built a robot or solved a medical mystery? These days, your child may have - before they even graduate middle school! Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools is putting an increased focus on not-so-typical science classes, designed to prepare students for careers in a technological workforce.

Thanks to a Project Lead the Way grant, Gahanna middle school and high school students may elect to take one of three science classes: Automation and Robotics, Design and Modeling, or Medical Detectives.

Kristy Mishler teaches Automation and Robotics at Middle School South.

“It is our job as educators to prepare students for careers in the future,” said Mishler. “This class increases students' abilities to be problem-solvers, thinkers, and innovators.”

The eighth-grade students first learn how to build a robot in Mishler’s class, such as creating gear mechanisms and understanding programming. Then it is time to build - everything from a working windmill or bridge to an escalator or small car. The last week of the course, everyone builds a Battle Bot to "fight" in the ring. Currently, Mishler has 22 students in the class but is hoping to see more girls sign up in the future.

“I love teaching this course because my role is a true facilitator,” said Mishler. “The students are taught the basics in the beginning and then it is up to them to design, build, make mistakes, rebuild and find success. My job is to be a helping teammate while we all learn together.”Medical Detectives at GMSW

Students taking the Medical Detectives class participate in three areas of study, learning how to detect vital signs and how that information can help diagnose illnesses. They also learn about the five senses of the body and participate in the dissection of a sheep’s brain. Lastly, they try their hand at a murder mystery, working to determine the time and cause of death and how DNA is used to identify a suspect.

“Allowing students to explore the world of a medical detective as early as middle school is a wonderful opportunity for exposure to a potential career field,” said LaKeesha Ball, who teaches the course at Middle School West.

At Middle School East, every 7th grader takes Design and Modeling. Students develop an understanding of innovation that surrounds their daily lives as they analyze, design and produce prototypes using CAD programs and 3D printers.
Design at GMSE

Students begin the course creating a foot orthosis, designed for a person with cerebral palsy. They then move on to designing a 3D puzzle cube and, finally, an innovation of their choice such as a locker/desktop organizer, iPhone table holder, etc.

“The class allows for students to discover a systematic way to solve problems,” said David Merrick who teaches the course at Middle School East. “My favorite part is watching the excitement, the “ah ha” each student experiences when they complete the design process."

Merrick recalls his favorite success story from Design and Modeling which occurred just the other day.

“I was walking down the hall between classes and I noticed an 8th grader who took the course last year had her 3D printed locker organizer still in her locker. It was still being used a year later!”

Several Columbus area schools offer Project Lead the Way science classes which is a nice benefit to students. If a different course is offered outside the district, the program allows students to take advantage of those courses outside Gahanna Jefferson Public Schools and vice versa.