SDMS Technology & Engineering Education (TEE)
Vincent Banks, M.S. Tech
PROGRAM OVERVIEW AND PHILOSOPHY
The Technology & Engineering Education department at Stuarts Draft Middle School offers exploratory/elective courses to students in grades 6-8. These courses are taught in accordance to the competencies and standards set by the Virginia Career and Technical Education and the Standards of Technological Literacy. It is the philosophy of the department that all students should learn about technology and engineering and its impact on our world. The department understands that our technological world is constantly changing and that we should provide students with the knowledge, tools, and skills to be the leaders and contributors of the future.
In addition to specific technology course content (mentioned below), students are taught and evaluated on the Workplace Readiness Skills, established by the Commonwealth of Virginia. These skills are identified as the most desired by employers who hire high school graduates and entry-level workers. There are a total of 21 skills, divided into the follow major topic areas: Personal Qualities and People Skills, Professional Knowledge and Skills, and Technology Knowledge and Skills. It is the department’s desire that all students obtain and excel in these skills so that they can obtain personal and professional success.
INTRODUCTION TO TECHNOLOGY (6TH GRADE)
Students study the resources of all technology, including tools, energy, materials, people, time, information, and capital. This also includes the problem-solving process and various hands-on activities. They explore up to three systems of technology, including medical, agricultural and related biotechnologies, energy and power, information and communication, transportation, manufacturing, and construction. Students relate the impact of technology on society, environment, and culture to future consequences and decisions.
INVENTIONS AND INNOVATIONS (7TH GRADE)
Students make models of significant inventions that have advanced society. After studying these developments, they explore contemporary technological problems facing them, their community, or the world and apply a systematic procedures to invent new products or innovations as solutions.
TECHNOLOGICAL SYSTEMS 8 (8TH GRADE)Students combine resources and techniques to create systems to attain comprehension of how technological systems work. Students will explore, design, analyze, and evaluate technological systems. By simulating systems and assessing their impacts, students gain insight into how to approach the problems and opportunities of a technological world. They also explore technology-oriented careers.