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Project Lead the Way Gives Carthage 8th Graders Chance to See Engineering & Bio-Medical Class Options with Labs

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Carthage eighth grade students get to see engineering and bio-medical classes helping make high school students college and career ready.

Project Lead the Way offered a day of lab experiences to show the younger students their future choices.

Playing with robots seems like fun for 8th grade students but it’s an application of science that they can explore through Project Lead the Way or PLTW at Carthage high school. It’s one of four engineering programs they can begin as freshman, like soldering or using a three “d” printer to give them a taste of what they could do in the real world.

Project Lead the Way instructor Chad Jones says, "They're working in groups. They're given open ended problems. They go through a design process to pick out the best solution to that problem and along that way they use design  skills, sketching, solid modeling.  They use lots of scientific principles and physics principles."

Students like Addysen Chrisman, a junior, learn how to create, assemble and test the results of their work.

Addysen says,  "It’s actually kind of  fun because you build your own things. You make it like you want it, but of course there’s guidelines. You follow those, but still do what you want."

It’s an elective class that's opened her eyes to a career in architectural drafting. She's taking three engineering based classes now within the school’s block schedule along with core classes.

 Junior high students also got a literal taste for the bio medical field using bitter tasting strips that  demonstrate inherited genes and DNA.

Bio-medical instructor Chris Wilkerson says, "They're growing fields in the job market today: medical fields.  And our kids are getting a jump start on all that." 

While other students play real life medical detectives analyzing blood samples from a crime scene and  measuring hematocrit percentages.

"Now multiply by 100. That's 67 percent,"says the teacher. They are hands on classes that incorporate math and science.

The program just came to the junior high in the fall of 2015 as an advanced elective course. Junior high Lead the Way teacher Lindsay Mikhail says, “I think it makes them fall in love with the subject again. Actually, I think it helps them fall in love with learning again. They come in to class everyday excited to see what we're doing and to get started."

And 8th grade student Miriam Copeland says of seeing the high school courses, "I think it shows kids they can have fun in these subjects and learn a lot while getting more opportunities and new experiences."

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