Applied Engineering & Technology – Department
Technology Education is the study of technology, in which students "learn about the processes and knowledge related to technology". As a field of study, it covers the human ability to shape and change the physical world to meet our needs, by manipulating materials and tools with techniques. As humans, we use technology to extend our natural abilities.
Although people often talk about science and technology together, each field has a different focus. Science studies the natural world-earth, space and all living things not created by humans. Technology deals with the human-made world-buildings, bridges, communication systems, manufactured goods and all things that are products of human creativity.
Technology Education is a distinct discipline that provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to function in a technological society. Instructional Technology is a strategy for using different forms of technology (such as computers) to aid or enhance educational instruction. It is not a discipline.
For students who attend Lake Shore Central Schools, the Applied Engineering & Technology course is curriculum offered to our students starting in sixth grade. There is a New York State mandate that requires all students receive one year of Technology Education before they finish eighth grade. Here at Lake Shore Middle School, students take technology every day for 10 weeks or one quarter in 6th grade, every other day for a full year or 2 two quarters in 7th grade and every day for 10 weeks or one quarter in eighth grade.