Eighth Grade Technology 10 Week Course
Purpose of Course
Technological Systems is designed to introduce students to systems and processes to develop an understanding of the impact of technology on humans, the environment, and the global community. By investigating systems through their function, design, and development, students will understand what systems are, why they are developed and how ‘systems thinking’ can be used to describe them. Students engage in activities and experiences where they evaluate the impacts of technology through the lenses of culture, society, economics and the environment
Technological Systems is intended to teach students how 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 gives students a general background on the different types of systems but concentrates more on the connections between these systems.
Requirements: Composition notebook with graph paper, pens and pencils.
Grading: Projects 45%, Engineering Design Journal 25%, Quizzes 15%, Classwork 10%, and Self-Evaluation 5%Building Big Questions