Academic Standard

Embedded Technology/Engineering
Tennessee State Standards
Science (2009-2018)
Grade range: 
Subject = Science
Scientific inquiry is fueled by the desire to understand the natural world; technological design is driven by the need to meet human needs and solve human problems. Technology exerts a more direct effect on society than science because it is focused on solving human problems, helping humans to adapt to changes, and fulfilling goals and aspirations. The engineering design cycle describes the worklives of practicing engineers. The design cycle describes a series of activities that includes a background research, problem identification, feasibility analysis, selection of design criteria, prototype development, planning and design, production and product evaluation. Because there are as many variations of this model, practicing engineers do not adhere to a rigid step-by-step interpretation of this design cycle.Conceptual StrandSociety benefits when engineers apply scientific discoveries to design materials and processes that develop into enabling technologies.Guiding QuestionHow do science concepts, engineering skills, and applications of technology improve the quality of life?
Elements within this Standard
Grade Level Expectation
Recognize that both natural materials and human-made tools have specific characteristics that determine their uses.
Apply engineering design and creative thinking to solve practical problems.
Check For Understanding
Explain how simple tools are used to extend the senses, make life easier, and solve everyday problems.
Invent designs for simple products.
Use tools to measure materials and construct simple products.