Academic Standard

Embedded Technology/Engineering
Tennessee State Standards
Science (2009-2018)
Grade range: 
No 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
Describe how tools, technology, and inventions help to answer questions and solve problems.
Recognize that new tools, technology, and inventions are always being developed.
Identify appropriate materials, tools, and machines that can extend or enhance the ability to solve a specified problem.
Recognize the connection between scientific advances, new knowledge, and the availability of new tools and technologies.
Apply a creative design strategy to solve a particular problem generated by societal needs and wants.
Check For Understanding
Explain how different inventions and technologies impact people and other living organisms.
Design a tool or a process that addresses an identified problem caused by human activity.
Determine criteria to evaluate the effectiveness of a solution to a specified problem.
Evaluate an invention that solves a problem and determine ways to improve the design.
State Performance Indicator
Select a tool, technology, or invention that was used to solve a human problem.
Recognize the connection between a scientific advance and the development of a new tool or technology.