STEM Foundations of Technology
Prepares students to understand and apply technological concepts and processes related to 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.
Curriculum Link: http://www.stem101.org/high-school.asp Author: STEM Academy
Expected Student Outcomes/Objectives
Student demonstrates knowledge:
1) of characteristics and scope of technology
2) of core concepts of technology
3) of relationships among technologies and other fields of study
4) of cultural, social, economic and political effects of technology
5) of effects of technology on the environment
6) of the role of society in the development and use of technology
7) of the influence of technology on history
8) of the attributes of design
9) of Engineering design
10) of the role of troubleshooting, research and development, invention and innovation in problem solving
11) of applying the design process
12) to use and maintain technological products and systems
13) of the impacts of products and systems
Student Demonstrates Knowledge to select and use:
14) medical technologies
15) agricultural and related biotechnologies
16) energy and power technologies
17) information and communication technologies
18) transportation technologies
19) manufacturing technologies
20) construction technologies
Description of Activities
Curriculum is intended for flexible use based upon national best practice implementation and integration strategies and is accessible via internet. The project-based curriculum is intended to be instructor led and can also natively be utilized for a distance or web-based learning environment.
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).
Instructional Materials Needed
Teacher access to the internet assures access to all course materials and the Learning Management System. Much of the content is facilitated if students have access to web-enabled devices.
Instructional Materials Provided
objectives, teacher preparation, content outlines, learning activities, select equipment, recommended local consumables, case studies, resources, PowerPoints, and online assessments
Cost: Unlimited access per site for curriculum use. Project resources provided per class size. Contact STEM101 for cost estimate.
Curriculum type: Course
Academic subject areas: Career-Technical Education; Career Exploration
States' Career Clusters: Transportation, Distribution & Logistics; Science, Technology, Engineering & Math; Manufacturing; Information Technology; Health Science; Architecture & Construction; Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
California Industry sector(s): Transportation; Information Technology; Health Science and Medical Technology; Engineering and Design; Energy and Utilities; Building Trades and Construction; Agriculture and Natural Resources
Duration: one year
Grade Target: 9
Level of Expertise for CTE: Introductory
Targeted Support Material: Industry Involvement
Standards Addressed: Detailed documentation of alignment with Common Core, NGSS, C3 or CTE Standards provided
Professional Development Requirements/Recommendations: LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM TRAINING REQUIRED Other training available, including 4-day orientation training for instructors, career counselors and administrators. Summer 4-day Stem Instructor Training Boot Camp available for lead instructors. Online STEM Instructor Mentor Program also available.
Organization/Publisher: STEM Academy
Usage Restrictions: Must have contract with STEM Academy to access curriculum
Curriculum Link: http://www.stem101.org/high-school.asp