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Units for Technological Literacy, Grades 5-6


All units contain teacher background information, handouts, transparency masters, and a student packet.


Each unit is designed to integrate mathematics and science with technology and take 8 to 10 days.

What students learned from I³ units
(according to teachers):
  • Inquiry skills
  • Problem-solving skills<
  • The engineering design process
  • Research skills via Internet/printed sources
  • Writing skills
  • Thinking "outside the box"
  • Enhanced creativity
  • An appreciation of inventors
  • A historical perspective of (invnetors') struggles and achievements
  • That even a good design may fail
  • How to follow specific directions
  • To test different materials
  • The role technology plays in their lives
  • The concept of systems and subsystems
  • To communicate a message to a specific audience
  • What makes a good design
  • Designing skills
  • Inventing takes much work
  • Technology uses math, science, language arts, etc. to make something work as designed
  • How people's wants and needs dictate what is developed and what is successful
  • To identify alternatives in decision-making situations
What students did
(according to teachers):
  • Constructed an innovated product using the design process
  • Used the design process to innovate two objects
  • Used problem-solving techniques to complete their invention
  • Worked as part of a team
  • Implemented the design process in the problem-solving of their package design
  • Analyzed simple products to determine their component parts, how they work, and their ergonomic features
  • Used computer technology to create and enhance output
  • Produced a product from start to finish!
  • Explored the entire process of invention from initial design to modeling to patent
  • Gathered information from a variety of media, like books, Internet, and newspapers
  • Used a variety of "soft" materials and simple tools to construct simple design models
  • Created diagrams and sketches by hand and electronically to express design ideas and solutions

Acknowledgment and Disclaimer
"This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0095922.""Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation."

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