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Engineering and Technology

Middle School Engineering and Technology courses

What It's About

The purpose of Technology Education is to develop technological literacy as part of all students' fundamental education through an activity-based study of past, present, and future technological systems and their resources, processes, and impact on society. Technology Education utilizes computer and educational technology in the delivery of content related to systems of communication, energy/power-transportation, production, and bio-related technologies.

In addition to classroom/ laboratory experiences, students participate in the Technology Student Association (TSA). Activities of the TSA are an integral part of the instructional program because they promote leadership skills, high standards of craft quality, scholarship, and safety. Opportunities are provided for involvement with the community's industrial and technological resources, in parliamentary procedures and democratic decision making, and for recognition for exemplary performance.

Why It's Important

Technical Education is critical to our business. We see the need for technical competency growing at all levels within our organization.
Jim Wallace, Director of Operations
Selectron Georgia
Suwanee, Georgia
I get so much more than just a paycheck. They make me feel like I am an important part of this Siemens plant and that the work I do is of high quality and needed by Siemens.
Sean Carty, Apprenticeship Student
Siemens Energy and Automation
Forsyth, Georgia

Key Practices

Curriculum Development/Articulation:

  • Develop state standards for curriculum development and assessment purposes, aligned with professional associations that impact technology education.
  • Develop curriculum and curriculum guides that contain a variety of methodologies (e.g., design briefs, culminating activities, modular instruction, delivery) in all middle school and high school courses.
  • Complete feasibility study with Trade and Industrial Education to determine curriculum approach.
  • Develop program descriptions that accurately describe the scope, design, and objectives of each course.
  • Develop toolbox sample programs, career paths, and programs or study guides for middle and high schools.

Work-Based Learning:

  • Develop and implement state resources and a database of individuals, industry, and postsecondary institutes to provide assistance, job shadowing, mentors, internships, apprenticeships, guest speakers, field trips, and on-site placement for technology-related fields.
  • Develop and implement methodologies such as problem solving, design briefs, and other culminating activities that enhance the study of industry. o Correlate curriculum with the different areas of industry and ensure that curriculum introduces students to the organizational structure of industry.

Industry Certification:

  • Identify the industrial areas of Technology Education that align with specific industrial areas and align curriculum for specific industry certifications.
  • Develop and update facility specifications and guidelines that use current technologies and techniques of industry for middle schools and high schools.
  • Determine special needs adaptations of equipment in Technology Education programs.

Professional Development:

  • Provide staff development for teachers in the use of emerging technology.
  • Provide staff development to train teachers in the repair of technological tools.
  • Provide staff development in the use of International Technology Education Association consortium products.
  • Provide staff development to enhance student experience and understanding of industry, including use of different types of work-based learning experiences.

See Also

ETC Course Resources
Connecting Mathematics and Science to Engineering and Technology
Connecting Reading to Engineering and Technology
Connecting Writing to Engineering and Technology
Connecting Engineering and Technology brochure
A Guide to Develop Standards-Based Curriculum for K-12 Technology Education

ETC Engin. Resources
Engineering and Technology Recruitment video 2.5 minutes
Engineering and Technology Recruitment video 5 minutes
Program Certification Checklist
Program Certification Renewal Checklist
Classroom Resources for Engineering and Technology

ETC Web Resources
National TSA
Georgia TSA
MS Electricity Activities