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John Adams

Middle School

Rebecca Aaland

     
      Rebecca Aaland
      Middle School/Project Lead The Way(PLTW) Teacher
      reaaland@rochester.k12.mn.us or reaaland@isd535.org
      507-328-5700



I am excited to be teaching Project Lead The Way (PLTW) courses at John Adams Middle School this year!  This will be my third year at John Adams Middle School teaching PLTW. My past teaching experience has been in science in Phoenix, AZ and Adrian, MN.  

I am thrilled about being a part of  team at John Adams Middle School.  This year I will be teaching 6th grade Energy & The Environment, 7th grade Design & Modeling and 8th grade Automation and Robotics.

Project Lead The Way 
PLTW is a “hands-on” engineering-based program that incorporates Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) all into the same course.

According to Project Lead the Way: these programs, “focuses on showing-not telling-students how engineers use technology to solve everyday problems.”  I have used the descriptions for each class from PLTW.org site to give you more information about each class.

Energy & the Environment (semester class for 6th grade)
In this class, Energy, Power, and Transportation, student's will be provided with a basic understanding of modern transportation. Students will be given the opportunity to view transportation as a system, and then investigate the systems used to move people and goods on land and water, through the earth's atmosphere, and into space.  Students will also study the resources necessary to create electricity and the differences between renewable and non-renewable energy.

Design and Modeling (quarter class for 7th grade)
In this class, students begin to recognize the importance of engineering in our society. They are introduced to and use the design process to solve problems and understand the influence that creative and innovative design has on our everyday lives. Students use industry standard 3D modeling software to create a virtual image of their designs.  As a final project, students will design and physically construct a magnetic-levitation vehicle based on plans they have created using the 3D modeling software.

Automation and Robotics (quarter class for 8th grade)
In this class, 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 a VEX robotics platform to design, build, and program a solution to solve an existing problem, much like an engineer would in everyday life.


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