Technological Design
Age 11-13: Concept 2 - Semester 2: Unit 4

Technology is everywhere in today's culture and you are about to go on a journey to learn how technology impacts your everyday life. Through meaningful activities and inquiries you will be asked to think conceptually about the significance of technological design. As you progress through the various unit lessons, you will learn about the importance of problem-solving and how necessity and nature have led to some of the most significant technological discoveries. In different lessons, you will learn about experimentation, engineering, and modeling, as well as learn about technological design as a problem-solving process that has found inspiration from a variety of places.

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The Age 11-13 semester 2 science units require materials from the Semester 2 Science Kit.
$110.00 #817 Age 11-13 - Semester 2 - Science Kit

Prerequisites

  • Able to read and comprehend novels at a late 7th or 8th grade reading level
  • Able to write multiple paragraphs on a topic
  • Familiar with the five-paragraph essay

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: What Is Technology?
  • Lesson 2: Technological Innovator (2 Days)
  • Lesson 3: Meaningful Technological Designs
  • Lesson 4: Necessity vs. Luxury
  • Lesson 5: Necessity Is the Mother of Invention
  • Lesson 6: Da Vinci's Inventions (2 Days)
  • Lesson 7: Contemporary Design Approaches (2 Days)
  • Lesson 8: Engineering (2 Days)
  • Lesson 9: Modeling an Idea (2 Days)
  • Final Project: Final Exam and Model Bridge (2 Days)

Summary of Skills

Moving Beyond the Page is based on state and national standards. These standards are covered in this unit.
  • Analyze and evaluate information from a scientifically literate viewpoint by reading, hearing, and/or viewing scientific text, articles, and events in the popular press. (Science)
  • Apply tenets of technological design. (Science)
  • Evaluate technological designs by applying scientific principles, considering risks and benefits, recognizing constraints of design, and using consistent protocols. (Science)
  • Evaluate technological designs for application of scientific principles, risks and benefits, constraints of design, and consistent testing protocols. (Science)
  • Explore evidence that technology has many definitions — e.g., artifact or hardware, methodology or technique, system of production, and social-technical system. (Science)
  • Explore evidence that technology has many definitions by solving problems using very basic innovations. (Science)
  • Explore evidence that technology has many definitions: artifact or hardware, methodology or technique, system of production, and social-technical system. (Science)
  • Understand cross-cutting concepts associated with technological design. (Science)
  • Use information systems to identify scientific needs, human needs, or problems that are subject to technological solution and locate resources to obtain and test ideas. (Science)
  • Use information systems to identify scientific needs, human needs, or problems that are subject to technological solutions and locate resources to obtain and test ideas. (Science)
  • Use information systems to locate resources to obtain ideas. (Science)
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