Todd, Chris - 8th Grade Social Studies
Mr. Todd

Welcome to my Classroom!
My name is Christopher Todd and I am pleased to be the PLTW/STEM instructor for Cane Creek Middle School.  PLTW/STEM is an exciting curriculum that offers middle school students the opportunity to explore the skills and practiced in modern industry, science and medical fields.

My email is: christopher.todd@bcsemail.org

Current PLTW/STEM Classes offered at Cane Creek:
6th Grade: Medical Detectives
7th Grade: Design and Modelling
8th grade: Automation and Robotics




PLTW Gateway - Curriculum

DEVELOP AND ENCOURAGE STUDENTS' CONTINUED EXCITEMENT IN STEM

Through topics like coding and robotics, flight and space, and DNA and crime scene analysis, middle school students engage their natural curiosity and imagination in creative problem solving. PLTW Gateway is a strong foundation for further STEM learning in high school and beyond, challenging students to solve real-world challenges, such as cleaning oil spills and designing sustainable housing solutions. Using the same advanced software and tools as those used by the world’s leading companies, students learn how to apply math, science, technology, and engineering to their everyday lives.

PLTW Gateway is divided into independent, nine-week units, assuming a 45-minute class period. PLTW Gateway is designed to be taught in conjunction with a rigorous academic curriculum. Schools that offer the program implement both foundation units and may add any combination of the specialization units.

Foundation Units

Design & Modeling

Students apply the design process to solve problems and understand the influence of creativity and innovation in their lives. They work in teams to design a playground and furniture, capturing research and ideas in their engineering notebooks. Using Autodesk® design software, students create a virtual image of their designs and produce a portfolio to showcase their innovative solutions.

Automation & Robotics

Students trace the history, development, and influence of automation and robotics as they learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems. Students use the VEX Robotics® platform to design, build, and program real-world objects such as traffic lights, toll booths, and robotic arms.

Medical Detectives

Students play the role of real-life medical detectives as they analyze genetic testing results to diagnose disease and study DNA evidence found at a “crime scene.” They solve medical mysteries through hands-on projects and labs, investigate how to measure and interpret vital signs, and learn how the systems of the human body work together to maintain health.