Organizing Principles

The program is organized around ten principles. These principles are very large concepts that identify major content organizers for the program. In order of importance, the seven organizing principles are:

  1. Engineering through design improves life.
  2. Technology and engineering have affected, and continues to affect everyday life.
  3. Technology drives invention and innovation and is a thinking and doing process.
  4. Technologies are combined to make technological systems.
  5. Technology creates issues and impacts that change the way people live and interact.
  6. Engineering and technology are the basis for improving on the past and creating the future.
  7. Technology and engineering solve problems.
  8. Technology and engineering use inquiry, design and systems thinking to produce solutions.
  9. Technological and engineering design is a process used to develop solutions for human wants and needs
  10. Technological applications create the designed world.