Dean tours GISD engineering program

February 27, 2013

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An engineering dean from the University of North Texas visited Granbury ISD Friday to observe an innovative engineering program.

Vijay Vaidyanathan, associate dean of the university’s College of Engineering, visited Granbury campuses to see implementation of Project Lead the Way (PLTW) classes at Granbury High School and Crossland Ninth Grade Center. Another stop included the middle schools to see the precursor Gateway to Technology (GTT) class.

Through an articulation agreement, UNT will award up to nine hours of college credit for three classes in the high school program. The agreement will officially begin during the 2013-14 school year, but students who have completed these courses by the end of the 2012-13 school year may qualify for credit if they receive a course grade of at least 85 and achieve an 80 on all three sections of a national exam.

Although GHS is small compared to many U.S. high schools offering the engineering classes, about 200 students are enrolled in the classes at GHS and Crossland with an additional 250 taking GTT at Acton Middle School and Granbury Middle School.

The program is an innovative series of engineering courses offered through the school district’s career and technical education program. In the classes, GHS and Crossland students are building contraptions, learning about drafting and graphic design on the computer and using real lab equipment.

Both schools offer an introductory class on engineering design. Students continue through the sequence at the high school with a principles of engineering course. The third class, which centers on civil engineering and architecture, began this school year. The fourth and final capstone course will be offered beginning in the 2013-14 school year.

AMS and GMS students are getting a head start on PLTW through the GTT classes that include an activity-oriented program designed to challenge and engage the natural curiosity of middle school students. The program is taught in conjunction with a rigorous academic curriculum that includes courses on design and modeling, electrons, the science of technology, and automation and robotics.

 

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