To attend this program, parents must apply online during the application period in January or apply through the late application process. Please visit www.pcsb.org/DAP for additional application information.
The Academy of Engineering Program provides students with Project Lead the Way (PLTW) curriculum. PLTW curriculum is designed to challenge and engage a student's natural curiosity through hands-on experiences and exciting units of study. Students are empowered to use the design process to creatively and critically explore, and problem solve real-world issues. Students develop an understanding of the influence of creativity and innovation in their lives as they gain skills to create a strong foundation for further STEM learning in high school and beyond.
Students are exposed to the following PLTW programing during their three-year journey with Azalea Middle School's Academy of Engineering
Magic of Electrons - In this unit, students examine the behavior and parts of atoms as well as the impact of electricity on the world around them. They learn skills in basic circuitry design and use what they know to propose designs for such things as a burglar alarm for an art museum.
Science of Technology - Science impacts the technology of yesterday, today, and the future. In this unit, students apply the concepts of physics, chemistry, and nanotechnology to activities and projects, including making ice cream, cleaning up an oil spill, and discovering the properties of nanomaterials.
Energy and the Environment - Students are challenged to think big and toward the future as they explore sustainable solutions to our energy needs and investigate the impact of energy on our lives and the world. They use what they've learned to design and model alternative energy sources, as well as evaluate options for reducing energy consumption.
Flight and Space - The exciting world of aerospace comes alive through Flight and Space. Students begin by learning the history and diversity surrounding the major accomplishments in aerospace technology dating back to the time of Leonardo da Vinci. Students then explore science behind aeronautics and space flight. Along the way, students create and fly their own kites, hot air balloons, gliders, and rockets.
Design and Modeling - Students discover the design process and develop an understanding of the influence of creativity and innovation in their lives. They are then challenged and empowered to use and apply what they've learned throughout the unit to design a therapeutic toy for a child who has cerebral palsy.
Automation and Robotics - Students learn about the history and impact of automation and robotics as they explore mechanical systems, students apply what they know to design and program traffic lights, robotic arms, and more.