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TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION - GRADE 6

What is technology?  What is the problem-solving model?  How do Robots work?

 

Technology is the study of the human development and the use of tools.  Focus is on manufacturing technology.  Students learn to manufacture products using safe tool practices in a woodworking laboratory.  They use this knowledge to develop a new product and to refine it using the problem-solving model (Input-Process-Feedback).

During the second half of the course, students work in the modular technology laboratory and learn about robots using Lego Mindstorm Robots.  Robots are built and programmed to allow students to experience physical problem solving and design.

 

TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION - GRADE 7 

What Careers are available in Technology?

How are buildings constructed?

How does a car work?

Students rotate through 12 modular stations. Each station touches on a different technology area, which gives students a broad exposure to career options and a general knowledge of core technologies.  The stations are: GPS and navigation, Graphics and Animation, Construction, How Computers Work, Electricity, Robotics, Automotive Technology (NEW!), Alternative Energy, Electronic Communications, Multimedia Production, Computer Aided Publishing, and Digital Photography.

In addition, students design bridges using a computer simulation, then build and test them under load.

 

TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION - GRADE 8

What careers are available in Technology? 

How do people build houses?

What courses should I take at the High School to prepare for a technological career?

 When in grade 8, students continue to rotate through 12 modular stations. Each station touches on a different technology area, which gives students a broad exposure to career options and a general knowledge of core technologies.  The stations are: GPS and navigation, Graphics and Animation, Construction, How Computers Work, Electricity, Robotics, Automotive Technology, Alternative Energy, Electronic Communications, Multimedia Production, Computer Aided Publishing, and Digital Photography.

In addition the 8th grade term project is to run a simulation that has students buying property, researching the codes, applying for a permit, building a house, running a real estate ad, evaluating buyer's credit, and selling the house for a profit. This challenging program is packed with real life math and science, and exemplifies the philosophy of authentic problem solving.


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