• The Gateway To Technology (GTT)  program addresses the interest and energy of middle school students, while incorporating national standards in mathematics, science, and technology. This activity-oriented, cutting-edge program shows students how technology is used in engineering to solve everyday problems. GTT currently consists of instructional units that motivate students to become creative innovators. During the GTT experience, students will gain the skills they need to develop, produce, and use products and services.

    The Gateway To Technology curriculum provides project-based learning – a hands-on approach – that is exciting and challenging for the full range of students in today’s grade 7 – 8 classrooms. The curriculum relates technology to students’ daily lives. It promotes communication and collaboration by emphasizing a teaming approach in the instructional units. This approach utilizes the strengths of each team member to accomplish the goals of the project while offering students learning challenges at all ability levels.

    • Design and Modeling (DM) Students apply the design process to solve problems and understand the influence of creativity and innovation on 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 (AR) 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.
    • Green Architecture (GA) Today’s students have grown up in an age of “green” choices. In this unit, students learn how to apply this concept to the fields of architecture and construction by exploring dimensioning, measuring, and architectural sustainability as they design affordable housing units using Autodesk’s® 3D architectural design software.
    • Medical Detectives (MD) In the Medical Detectives (MD) unit, 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.


    Assignment Policy

    All assignments and final products will have “hard” due dates. Work that is turned in on time, will be added to the grade book as soon as possible. Any work not submitted on the “hard” due date will be marked missing. After five school days, missing work will turn into zeros (F grade). Incomplete work will not be graded. No half credit. If you are absent, it is your responsibility to catch up on work. You will have one extra day per day absent. For example, if you are absent two days, you will have two extra days after the due date to turn in the work for full credit.

    Make-up Work

    It is the student’s responsibility to get all assignments from classes missed.  Once those assignments are given to the student it is the student’s responsibility to complete the assignments in a timely manner.  Make-up work should be turned in as soon as possible by the student.  

    Notebook/binder Policy

    You will keep all work for this class in your 3 ring binder. The work will include an engineering notebook, handouts, sketches, printouts, assignments, and final products. Your notebook/binder will be checked periodically and you will earn points for keeping ALL materials neat and organized. Final Product Policy A final product is like an assignment that requires long term planning, collaboration, and presentation. For example, projects, research reports, team based assignments, and assessments.


    Internet Use

    Internet access is permitted and intended for academic use only for the sole purpose of completing course assignments and projects. Students must adhere to all school and district internet use guidelines.

     Pathway Gateway to Technology can lead to many other pathways including: Engineering & Architecture, Building & Construction, Arts, Media & Entertainment.



    1.     PLTW Notebook
    2.     Pencils
    3.     Erasers
    4.     Architectural Scale
    5.     Flash Drive
    6.     Mouse



    1.     BE ON TIME and Stay seated
    2.     Bring all required Material
    3.     Be Mindful and Respectful of the Teacher and your Fellow Students at all Times
    4.     Follow all rules in the Nolan Ryan School Handbook


    Thank you,

    Coach Priscilla Roberts