Technology Education (Tech Ed) in Middle School
Technology and Design: Students explore and develop an understanding of the scope and characteristics of technology and the core concepts of technology. They recognize the relationships and the connections between technology and other fields of study while working to understand the attributes of design and apply the design process through a series of hands on activities. Students develop skills in the areas of assessing the impacts of products and systems, researching, problem solving and developing an attitude of safety, while working collaboratively with others.
Invention and Engineering: Students develop an understanding of the cultural, social, economic, environmental, and political effects of technology; the role of society in the development and use of technology; the influence of technology on history. Students use engineering design; troubleshooting, research & development, invention and innovation, and experimentation in problem solving while learning to use and maintain technological systems.
Technology Systems: Students develop the ability to apply learned knowledge and skills to solve problems involving basic medical technologies, agricultural and related biotechnologies, energy and power technologies, information and communication technologies, transportation technologies, manufacturing technologies, and construction technologies. Emphasis is placed on the study of the human-designed world. Additional understanding of the nature of technology, technology and society, design, and the abilities needed to succeed in a technological world are addressed.