Towles Intermediate School - New Tech

What is New Tech?

The Project-Based Learning (PBL) that we do at New Tech focuses on facilitators creating real-world projects that have authentic products (real-world solutions). Students are presented with a problem for which they will then have to create a solution. The environment our students have at school is based on the principles of trust, respect, and responsibility.

What is problem-based learning?

(PBL) is a student-centered approach in which students learn about a subject by working in groups to solve an open-ended problem.

The problem is what drives the motivation and the learning.

Rather than teaching relevant material and subsequently having students apply the knowledge to solve problems, the problem is presented first. Students generally must:

  • Examine and define the problem.
  • Explore what they already know about underlying issues related to it.
  • Determine what they need to learn and where they can acquire the information and tools necessary to solve the problem.
  • Evaluate possible ways to solve the problem.
  • Solve the problem.
  • Report on their findings.

PBL assignments can be short, or they can be more involved and take up to a whole semester. Most PBLs at Towles New Tech run between three and four weeks. PBL is often group oriented, so it is beneficial to set aside classroom time to prepare students to work in teams and to allow them to engage in their PBL project.


We’re Big on Community!

We believe that authentic projects allow our students to engage and produce culminating products for use within our local community. See some of our local partnerships below:

Courses Offered


  • Mathematics 7
  • Mathematics 8
  • Math Tier Support
  • Algebra I


  • 7th Grade Science
  • 8th Grade Science

Language Arts

  • 7th Grade Language Arts
  • 8th Grade Language Arts
  • Creative Writing
  • Reading and Writing Tier Support

Social Studies

  • 7th Grade Social Studies
  • 8th Grade Social Studies

Related Arts

  • Exploring Spanish
  • Spanish 1 - High School Credit
  • Art & Technology
  • Engineering and Technology - Coding
  • Engineering and Technology - CANstruction
  • Physical Education
  • Art
  • Advanced Art
  • Choir
  • Band
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Music Technology and Composition
  • Guitar
  • Dance

Extra-Curricular Activities

Art Club



Academic Teams

Student Advisory

Writing Center




  • Cross Country
  • Volleyball
  • Football


  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading


  • Soccer
  • Track

Towles New Tech Middle School Highlights


National Highlights:

2018 -  Award for Teaching Excellence Teacher - Carissa Richardson Lahrman

2017 - Published Author - Derek Leininger

2016-2017 New Tech Network Demonstration Site


State Highlights:

2019 - Social Studies Academic Team - State Top 10

2018 - Interdisciplinary Academic Team - State Runners Up

2018 - Social Studies Academic Team - State 4th Place

2017 - Indiana Art Teacher of the Year - Ashley Toy

2017 -  Hoosier Educator of the Year - Carissa Richardson Lahrman

2017 - Hoosier Science Fair - Agricultural Award Winner


Local/Regional Highlights:

2019 - Academic Team Division Grand Champions

2019 - Science Academic Team Division Champions

2019 - Social Studies Academic Team Division Champions

2019 - Interdisciplinary Team Division Champions

2018 - October Journal Gazette Teacher Honor Roll - Tyler Sellhorn

2018 - CANstruction Competition People’s Choice Award Winner

2018 - CANstruction Competition Judge’s Choice Winner

2018 - CANstruction Competition Most Cans in Structure

2018 - Science Academic Team Division Champions

2018 - Social Studies Academic Team Division Champions

2018 - English Academic Team Division Champions

2018 - Interdisciplinary Team Division Champions

2018 - JA Economics for Success Writing Contest Winner

2018 - Scholastic Gold Key, Silver Key, & Honorable Mention Recipients

2018 - Boys Basketball City Champions

2017 - CANstruction People’s Choice Award Winner

2017 - JA Economics for Success Writing Contest Winner

2017 - Boys Basketball City Champions

2016 - Boys Basketball City Runner-up

2015 - Girls Basketball City Champions