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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: Author: STEM Academy

Expected Student Outcomes/Objectives

Student demonstrates knowledge of:

  • characteristics and scope of technology
  • core concepts of technology
  • relationships among technologies and other fields of study
  • cultural, social, environmental, economic and political effects of technology
  • the influence of technology on history
  • the attributes of design and engineering
  • the role of troubleshooting, research and development, invention and innovation in problem solving
  • applying the design process
  • using and maintaining technological products and systems

Student demonstrates knowledge to select and use:

  • medical technologies
  • agricultural and related biotechnologies
  • energy and power technologies
  • information and communication technologies
  • transportation technologies
  • manufacturing technologies
  • 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.


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

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Additional criteria

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 and Communication Technologies; Health Science and Medical Technology; Engineering and Architecture; Energy, Environment and Utilities; Building and Construction Trades; 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.

Source: Organization/Publisher-developed

Organization/Publisher: STEM Academy

Usage Restrictions: Must have contract with STEM Academy to access curriculum

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