Our vision is for allstudents to learn about the processes and knowledge related to and uses oftechnology, in essence, a study of the human-made world.
We live in a technological world. Living in the twenty-firstcentury requires much more from every individual than a basic ability to read,write, and perform simple mathematics. Technology affects every aspect of ourlives, from enabling citizens to perform routine tasks to requiring that theybe able to make responsible, informed decisions that affect individuals, oursociety, and the environment. Citizensof today must have a basic understanding of how technology affects their worldand how they exist both within and around technology.
Technological literacy is fundamentally important to allstudents. Technological processes have become so complex that the community andschools collaborate to provide a quality technology program that preparesstudents for a changing technological world that is progressively moredependent on an informed, technologically literate citizenry.
Technology is the use of accumulated knowledge to processresources to meet human needs and improve the quality of life. It includesdeveloping, producing, using and assessing technologies. It is human innovationin action and involves the generation of knowledge and processes to developsystems that solve problems and extend human capabilities. Technology andEngineering Studies goal is to provide technological literacy to all students,including all students who traditionally have not been served by technology andengineering programs.
The Middle SchoolTechnolgy and Engineering Education is based on the curriculum guide, EngineeringbyDesign™(EbD). "The Engineering byDesign™ Program is built on the beliefthat the ingenuity of children is untapped, unrealized potential that, whenproperly motivated, will lead to the next generation of technologists,innovators, designers, and engineers. EbD was written by the International Technology and EngineeringEducators Association (ITEEA) and the National Aeronautics and SpaceAdministration (NASA).
The program consists of seven organizing principles. Theseprinciples are very large concepts that identify major content organizers forthe program.
• Engineering through design improves life.
• Technology has and continues to affect everyday life.
• Technology drives invention and innovation and is athinking-and doing process.
• Technologies are combined to make technological systems.
• Technology creates issues that change the way people liveand interact.
• Technology impacts society and must be assessed todetermine if it is good or bad.
• Technology is the basis for improving on the past andcreating the future.