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Engineering and Technology

Engineering and Technology 

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The purpose of Technology Education is to develop technological literacy as part of all students' fundamental education through an activity-based study of past, present, and future technological systems and their resources, processes, and impact on society. Technology Education utilizes computer and educational technology in the delivery of content related to systems of communication, energy/power-transportation, production, and bio-related technologies.


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6th Grade: Exploring Engineering and Technology

The Exploring Engineering and Technology course will provide all students with an introduction to the principles of Engineering & Technology and its place in the modern world. Students will be educated on the daily impact of engineering, and the nature of technology. Exploring Engineering and Technology students will use the Engineering Design Process and experimentation to solve a variety of technological problems. Students will participate in engineering design challenges to understand how criteria, constraints, and processes affect designs. Students will participate in activities that will allow them to gain experience in brainstorming, visualization, modeling, construction, testing, experimentation, and refining designs. Students also develop skills in researching for information and communicating design information. Exploring Engineering and Technology reinforces the areas of math, science, social studies, and language arts through practical application and hands-on design challenges. Exposure to Engineering and Technology related careers, work ethics, and leadership skills will be important components in this course.


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7th Grade Invention and Innovation

In the Invention and Innovation course, students will work individually, and in groups, to examine and solve societal problems through research, data collection, design, experimentation, and technology selection to produce a functional invention/innovation. Students will study the history of inventions and innovations, their impact on society, and how technologies have changed over time. Using the engineering design process, students will create a solution to a problem while demonstrating proper safety techniques in the lab. Students will also examine the process for patenting and protecting their inventions and innovations. The Invention and Innovation course reinforces the areas of math, science, social studies, and language arts through practical application and/or hands-on activities. Exposure to Engineering and Technology related careers, work ethics, and leadership skills will be important components in this course.


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8th GradeTechnological Systems 

Technological Systems is designed to introduce students to systems and processes to develop an understanding of the impact of technology on humans, the environment, and the global community. Students will develop an understanding with regards to how technology can impact humans, the environment, and the global community through the development of systems. A systems model in its simplest form (input, process, output, and feedback) and the design process are foundational to understanding technological systems. A system can be as small as two components working together (technical system/device level) or can contain millions of interacting devices (user system/network level). We often break down the macro systems into less complicated microsystems in order to understand the entire system better. However, technology is becoming more integrated, and systems are becoming ever more dependent upon each other. By investigating systems through their function, design, and development, students will understand what systems are, why they are developed, and how the knowledge of “systems thinking” can be used in the design and production of prototypes. The Technological Systems course reinforces the areas of math, science, social studies, and language arts through practical application and/or hands-on activities. Exposure to Engineering and Technology related careers, work ethics, and leadership skills will be important components in this course.

 

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