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Hart Middle School open house tonight for engineering academy

New program to mesh with those in place at two Pleasanton high schools

Hart Middle School will host an open house starting at 6 p.m. today to give the public a preview of an engineering academy it will launch in the coming school year.

The program is a national nonprofit called Project Lead the Way (PLTW), which will include a project-based engineering/STEM curriculum. Students will learn how to use professional grade design tools for real-life applications, including design, modeling, automation and robotics.

Students also will make us of use AutoDesk Inventor software to sketch, design and solid-model parts and assemblies, as well as animate and test them using the software. They will create professional design drawings and print parts using a 3D printer.

"Students will then have the opportunity to actually build and test their designs," said Hart teacher Cheri Weinhagen, who planned and will direct the new program.

"Students will learn how to document the design process from conceptual idea to a fully functioning and tested product," she said.

Weinhagen explained that through topics like robotics, flight and space, and DNA and crime scene analysis, "students will find their natural curiosity and imagination engaged in creative problem solving."

The PLTW Gateway program will provide a strong foundation for further STEM learning in high school and beyond, challenging students to solve real-world problems like cleaning oil spills and designing sustainable housing solutions, Weinhagen said.

"Using the same advanced software and tools as the world's leading companies, students will see how the application of math, science, technology, and engineering will affect their everyday lives," she said.

The PLTW engineering program is designed to prepare students to continue with the engineering programs already established at Amador Valley and Foothill high schools.

Both current Hart students and future Hart students can learn more about the program, as well as other Hart STEM programs by attending the April 29 open house.

The program will be held from 6-8 p.m. in the school's multi-purpose room, located at 4433 Willow Rd. in Pleasanton's Hacienda business park.

Weinhagen said the event will include exhibits, demonstrations and hands-on activities, including robotics teams. Hart Middle School's jazz band and choir will perform during the event.

For more information, call Weinhagen at the school at (925) 426-3102.

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Posted by Hart Parent
a resident of Stoneridge
on Apr 16, 2014 at 9:20 am

So happy to see this offered to our kids. Hope girls and boys will participate alike.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Apr 17, 2014 at 7:46 am

Whoa horsey...is that cool of what? yup...wish I could sign up!


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Posted by cosmic-charlie
a resident of Downtown
on Apr 17, 2014 at 8:08 am

I am a long way removed from middle school. I remember shop classes starting in the 7th grade.
Are shop classes offered anymore in middle school or even high school these days. I am on board with this proposal, but is it a substitute for hands-on fabrication with hand and machine tools in a shop setting?
Cad/Cam systems are certainly what's happening now, and I couldn't be a bigger fan for the use of computers in manufacturing. But there is something about the smell of shellac in the morning...


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Posted by Parent
a resident of Hart Middle School
on Apr 17, 2014 at 8:42 am

Who will over see this new academy, APT? Just wondering since APT is on it's next principal removal at Hart. Good to know the union can oversee its teachers and PUSD admin as well. At least APT moves faster than PUSD HR.


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Posted by Mom
a resident of Canyon Oaks
on Apr 17, 2014 at 12:12 pm

Is Pleasanton Middle School offer anything like this or is thinking of it? Sounds like a great opportunity.


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Posted by Pete
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 17, 2014 at 5:11 pm

Creative problem solving,real-world problems...? Hart had it in him...the kids! Understanding the documentation and design process and how those areas apply to everyday use...to teach...explore options...alternatives...not taking no, for an answer. No free lunches here. Thank you Cheri Weinhagen!


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Posted by Wow
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 17, 2014 at 6:14 pm

This is great please roll this out so all students have this opportunity!


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Posted by Tired of APT'
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Apr 23, 2014 at 10:55 pm

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Posted by truth
a resident of Del Prado
on Apr 24, 2014 at 4:17 pm

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on Apr 24, 2014 at 4:17 pm

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Posted by Tired of APT
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Apr 24, 2014 at 7:33 pm

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Posted by Poor Name
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 28, 2014 at 10:55 am

The idea of this academy is good, but the name is unfortunate. Engineering is a profession, and it is not learned in middle school or high school. So, they should not be calling it an engineering academy. You don't see such things as doctor academy and lawyer academy. It would have been much better for them to call it technology academy or science and technology academy.


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Posted by Pete
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 28, 2014 at 2:54 pm

Engineering is an exact science...if it meets your needs. Medicine and Law are not exact sciences. Perhaps one of these young adults ( girl or boy ) attending Hart Middle School, will be that person, whose idea creates a new technology, in-turn, provides you a profession, that supports your life ( family) financial future. Sorry...not a very good anology. IMO Personally, I don't care what they call it...sigh.


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