4-12 Technology Education/STEM
The 4-12 Technology Education/STEM program within Southern Lehigh School District will provide an authentic and hands-on learning experience for all students. Courses are designed to empower students to develop, refine, and apply technological solutions focused on improving the world around them. Students will work collaboratively to make sense of and solve problems. Learning experiences will be inquiry-based, challenging students to reflect upon and revise their thinking. Teachers will provide opportunities for students to apply technology, as well as concepts from science and mathematics, to the engineering and design processes.
4-12 Technology Education/STEM Philosophy
Mission Statement for 4-12 Technology Education/STEM:
Providing an authentic and hands-on learning experience that empowers students to develop, refine, and apply technological solutions focused on improving the world around them through collaboration and creativity.
Guiding Principles for 4-12 Technology Education/STEM:
Students will be able to...
- apply the engineering design process to develop hands-on solutions to solve authentic problems.
- understand that engineering through design impacts, and may improve, the quality of life for people and communities.
- work collaboratively to share thoughts and ideas, construct viable arguments, critique the reasoning of others, and provide feedback.
- utilize pre-existing knowledge across content areas to generate original ideas, processes, or products.
- utilize critical thinking to make sense of problems, formulate important questions for inquiry, and persevere in solving them.
- make informed decisions through research and investigation.
- reflect and revise thinking to ensure reasonable solutions.
- select and use appropriate tools strategically and safely.
- deepen understanding of concepts by utilizing and applying technological solutions.
- use the practice of reverse-engineering to examine how an object/device works.
- attend to precision as it pertains to designing solutions to problems.
- communicate technically and document designs.
Best Practices for 4-12 Technology Education/STEM:
- provide authentic hands-on problems for students to solve.
- provide opportunities for students to engage in learning activities that utilize the engineering design process and use design notebooks.
- allow students opportunities to make connections between learning and the potential societal impacts of technology.
- provide a collaborative environment to promote the sharing of thoughts and ideas.
- facilitate and provide a structure for student critique, feedback, reflection, and revision.
- provide an opportunity for collaboration with other content areas to draw upon prior knowledge from other subjects.
- promote the use of research, investigation, and proven data analysis, to help students make critical and informed decisions.
- provide demonstration, instruction, and on-going support on the appropriate selection and safe use of tools and machinery.
- develop learning activities where students apply technological solutions in a manner that will deepen their understanding of concepts.
- provide students an opportunity to improve and understand a product or system by deconstructing and rebuilding it for a better solution.
- promote and encourage precision and accuracy in student work.