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MYP Course Outline

Course: Technology (STEM)

MYP Discipline: Technology

Grades/Levels: 8/3




By using the DESIGN CYCLE, students participate in design activities to understand how criteria, constraints, and processes affect designs. Brainstorming, visualizing, modeling, constructing, testing, and refining designs provide firsthand opportunities for students to understand the uses and impacts of technology. Students become aware that technology is used globally and is intertwined in all aspects of the world. Students develop skills in communicating design information and reporting results.


It is critical that students bridge their knowledge in Sciences, Technology Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) to enhance their overall learning. This class enables the student intellectual behaviors work in the higher classifications of Bloom’s Taxonomy (Knowledge, Comprehension, Application, Analysis, Synthesis, and Evaluation)


Students are assessed using the MYP Design Cycle Criteria: A: Investigate, B: Plan, C: Design, D: Create, E: Evaluate, and F: Attitudes in technology


Grade 8 – In Technological Systems, students investigate how technological systems work together to solve problems and apply knowledge through the Design Cycle. This course will not only give students a general background on the different types of systems in the world but will also concentrate on the connections between these systems.

Students use the I B Design Cycle to solve the problem given as a class assignment. The student takes responsibility of how they solve the problem. The student is supposed to use what they have learned in the six other I B disciplines and in life to solve the problem. This class prepares the student for their MYP STUDENT PROJECT in grade 10.




Tennessee State Standards:

Standard 1.0: The student will demonstrate leadership, citizenship, and teamwork skills required for success in the school, community and workplace through Technology Student Association.

Standard 2.0: The student will safely use tools, materials, equipment and other technology resources.

Standard 3.0: Students understand that a system is a group of parts working together to accomplish a task.

Standard 4.0: Students understand the nature of technology and how humans use technological systems to extend their capabilities.

Standard 5.0: Students analyze technology and its relationship to the designed world.

Standard 6.0: Students develop a safe and an effective workplace.

Standard 7.0: Students will apply a formal problem-solving method.

Standard 8.0: Students will communicate and explain the design process.

Standard 9.0: Students will apply the principles and elements of design.

Standard 10.0: Students will demonstrate abilities to communicate effectively in a technological world.

Standard 11.0: Students will demonstrate an awareness of the designed world.


IB Criteria: The design cycle

A: Investigate, B: Plan, C: Design, D: Create, E: Evaluate, and F: Attitudes in technology





During the investigative process, students will become aware of how different cultures and environments might affect the design of a structure. Students will develop awareness and appreciation that HUMAN INGENUITY has led to technological advances and their consequences. HEALTH & SOCIAL EDUCATION and COMMUNITY &SERVICE will be woven through out the courses as applicable. As students use each step in the design cycle solve the assigned problem, the APPROACHES TO LEARNING (ATL) skills used will include organization, collaboration, communication, reflection, thinking, and transfer.




Students will complete the IB design cycle for performance assessments. The students receive the steps of the design cycle and the criterion for each step - A: Investigate, B: Plan, C: Design, D: Create, E: Evaluate, and F: Attitudes in technology. Projects are completed independently. Each step is assessed according to a rubric. The final grade is determined by performance in all six areas. Formative assessments include work completed on the modules.




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Graduated from Old Dominion University in 1984.  My degree is B.S.S.E.- Industrial Arts which evolved into Technology Education now called S.T.E.M.  I taught for 12 years at Northside Middle School in Norfolk, VA.  In July, 1996, I came to the mountain  to start the Technology course at Signal Mountain Middle School.  I affiliated Signal Mountain Middle school in TSA (Technology Student Association) and two students went on to place first in one of the events at the National Conference.