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Technological Systems, Second Edition
A Standards-Based Middle School Model Course Guide

 

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Technological Systems, Second Edition
Table of Contents

Course Overview

Unit 1 Overview:
Technological Systems: How They Work

Sample Lesson: Unit 1 - Lesson 1: Exploring Technological Systems

 

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DESCRIPTION

Technological Systems, Second Edition

Intended Audience
8th Grade students (no prerequisite)

Course Overview
This course is intended to teach students how technological systems work together to solve problems and capture opportunities. A system can be as small as two components working together (technical system/device level) or can contain millions of interacting devices (user system/network level). We often break down the macro systems into less complicated Microsystems in order to understand the entire system better. However, technology is becoming more integrated, and systems are becoming more and more dependent upon each other than ever before. Electronic systems are interacting with natural (i.e. bio) systems as humans use more and more monitoring devices for medical reasons. Electrical systems are interacting with mechanical and fluid power systems as manufacturing establishments become more and more automated. This course will give students a general background on the different types of systems, but will concentrate more on the connections between these systems.

Course Length
18 weeks recommended

Connections
Technological Systems builds on K-5 experiences as well as those in Exploring Technology and Invention and Innovation to develop a student’s understanding of the scope of technology and the iterative nature of technological design and problem-solving processes. Students participate in engineering design activities to understand how criteria, constraints, and processes affect designs. Students are involved in activities and experiences where they learn about brainstorming, visualizing, modeling, constructing, testing, experimenting, and refining designs. Students also develop skills in researching for information, communicating design information, and reporting results.

As the suggested capstone middle school course, Technological Systems provides the foundation for future studies in a Technology Education sequence. Students learn how technology, innovation, design and engineering interrelate and are interdependent.


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