Project Lead The Way is the nation's leading provider of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs. With PLTW students become hands-on problem solvers and learn to collaborate with peers.
Auxier first grade students participate in the following modules:
- Light and Sound - Students investigate the properties of light and sound, including vibration from sound waves and the effect of different materials on the path of a beam of light. After students develop an understanding of light and sound, they are challenged to solve a design problem Mylo, Suzi and Angelina face. In the story, the characters are lost and must use only the materials in their backpack to communicate over a distance by using light and/or sound. Students use the design process to sketch, build, test and reflect on a device that solves this design problem.
- Animal Adaptations - Students explore animal adaptations for protection, camouflage, food obtainment, and locomotion. Students learn what it means for an organism to be adapted to its environment and how different adaptations can be categorized. Students are introduced to the design challenge when Suzi announces she is visiting the Sahara and needs to get prepared for her trip. Students are challenged to design the ideal shoe for travelers to wear in extreme environments, applying what they have learned and looking to plant and animal adaptations to guide their designs.
- Sun, Moon and Stars -After observing the sun, moon and stars, students identify and describe patterns in their recorded data. Angelina, Mylo and Suzi introduce the design problem, which challenges students to create a playground structure designed to protect students from ultraviolet radiation. Students utilize their knowledge of light to design, build and test structures created to solve this problem. Students then evaluate their designs, share their findings, and explore ideas to improve their structures based on their testing data.