willow creek

middle school

Mr. Adams

About Me:
My wife Andrea and I are both teachers for Rochester Public Schools and have 3 children in the school system.

I am entering my 5th year here at willow creek and my 14th year as an educator. I have a degree in Environmental Biology from the University or Northern Iowa and earned my teaching certification from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake Iowa. 

What is Project Lead the Way (PLTW)?

Gateway to Technology (GTT) is a middle school program offered in independent, nine-week units and designed to help students explore math, science, and technology. This activity-oriented program challenges and engages the natural curiosity of middle school students and is taught in conjunction with a rigorous academic curriculum. GTT is part of Project Lead The Way which is a national nonprofit organization that partners with middle schools and high schools to implement a curriculum developed by it and imparted by teachers whom it has trained, that emphasizes hands-on experiences in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and biomedical sciences in an effort to prepare students for academic and professional success in these disciplines. PLTW aims to encourage an increasingly more diverse group of students to consider careers as scientists, technology experts, engineers, mathematicians, healthcare providers, and researchers in an effort to enable the United States to compete favorably in the global economy.

Topics Covered:



Design Process

Learning how to follow the design process to design, build and refine ideas.

Automation and Robotics

Learn about simple machines, gears, programming and automating to create and build machines that do a job.

Energy and The Environment

Learn about how the electricity we use is created and alternative sustainable sources that are being used or developed to meet future needs.

Mr. Joe Adams
Willow Creek Middle School - 7th and 8th Science and Project Lead the Way
(507) 328-5900

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