200 Hillvue Lane, Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Chairperson: Ellen Green
Phone: (724) 934-7200 X7430
Technology and Engineering Education is a vital link in the math/science/technology triangle that assists students in understanding, living, and working in the rapidly changing information driven age. Technology is the application of tools,materials, processes, and systems by humans to solve problems and provide benefits to mankind. The study of technology will require students to design, create, use, evaluate, and modify technological systems to solve problems. By solving these problems, students will be given the unique opportunity to apply numerous academic concepts through practical hands-on applications.
Technology and Engineering Education focuses on a systems approach to develop technological literacy through an activity-based program. Technology and Engineering Education is concerned with teaching all students about the evolution of technology. It studies the significance and application, as it relates to industrial systems, processes, organization, and resources, as well as the social, cultural, and environmental impacts of technology on society. This is done through hands-on,interdisciplinary problem-solving activities in a broad based content area. The content areas include biotechnology, information technology, and physical technologies. These content areas develop technological literacy through the process of research, experimentation, invention, design,engineering, development, production, and control. It is upon this content base that experiences in Technology Education are planned and implemented. Its’ interdisciplinary nature helps students comprehend and apply the natural science, social science, and humanities.
Technology and Engineering actively engage students in classroom/laboratory activities that develop knowledge, application of skill, and attitudes regarding industry and technology. The problem-based approach to each class also develops an array of other skills such as leadership, communication, social interaction, and analytical thinking. The technological methods of problem solving are experienced identifying a problem, collecting and analyzing data, synthesizing a design or plan, developing a proposed product or service, and evaluating the process and results. Exploratory vocational and avocational skills are developed for all academic levels through hands-on activities. In addition, opportunities are provided to explore careers and to acquire consumer skills and economic concepts. Through the opportunities offered in Technology and Engineering Education classes, students will apply concepts and skills to solve problems and provide benefits to mankind.