Technology Education is a vital link in the math/science/technology triangle that assists students regarding understanding, living, and working in the ever present rapidly changing information-driven age. Technology Education includes application of organized knowledge, creative development, and problem-solving technique for the purpose of producing material objects and performing technical services for human sustenance and comfort. Technology Education also includes the knowledge and application of the resources, tools, machines, processes, and systems that enable a society to satisfy its growing needs.
Technology Education focuses on a systems approach to the development of technological literacy through an activity-based program. Technology Education is concerned with teaching all students about the evolution of technology; its significance and application, as it relates to industrial systems, processes, organization, and resources; and the social, cultural, and environmental impacts of technology on society. This is done through hands-on, minds-on interdisciplinary problem-solving activities in a broad content areas.
The content areas of Technology Education include biotechnology, information technology, and physical technologies. These content areas develop technological literacy through the processes 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. The interdisciplinary nature of the learning in this area helps students to comprehend and apply the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities.
A holistic approach is employed in Technology Education whereby each student is actively involved in classroom/laboratory activities that develop knowledge, application of skill, and attitudes regarding industry and technology. Emphasis is given to nurturing leadership, communication, social interaction, problem-solving, analytical thinking, and manipulative skills. Personal and social growth is fostered through interaction with other students in the laboratory and in student Technology Education organizations. The technological methods of problem- solving are experienced by 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 an understanding of economic concepts by employing the resources, tools, machines, processes, and systems that are needed for satisfying the material needs and desires of people.