STEM 101 Project Library / Foundations of Technology
This course prepares students to understand and apply technological concepts and processes that are the cornerstone of the high school technology education program. Students study the nature and technological issues of the designed world. Students engage in group and individual activities where they develop innovations, design, fabricate, and engineer practical solutions to a variety of problems. Technology content, resources, and laboratory/classroom activities allow students to apply science, mathematics, and other school subjects in authentic situations.
UNITS: Nature of Technology (Characteristics and scope of technology; Core concepts of technology; Relationships among technologies and other fields of study), Technology and Society (Cultural, social, economic, and political effects of technology; Effects of technology on the environment; Role of society in the development and use of technology; Influence of technology on history), Design (Attributes of design; Engineering design; Role of troubleshooting, research and development, invention and innovation, and experimentation in problem solving), Abilities for a Technological World (Apply the design process; Use and maintain technological products and systems; Assess the impact of products and systems), The Designed World (Medical technologies; Agricultural and related biotechnologies; Energy and power technologies; Information and communication technologies; Transportation technologies; Manufacturing technologies; Construction technologies).