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
Explore how technology responds to social, political, and economic needs.
Know that the engineering design process involves an ongoing series of events that incorporate design constraints, model building, testing, evaluating,
Compare the intended benefits with the unintended consequences of a new technology.
Describe and explain adaptive and assistive bioengineered products.
Check For Understanding
Use appropriate tools to test for strength, hardness, and flexibility of materials.
Apply the engineering design process to construct a prototype that meets certain specifications.
Develop an adaptive design and test its effectiveness.
State Performance Indicator
Identify the tools and procedures needed to test the design features of a prototype.
Evaluate a protocol to determine if the engineering design process was successfully applied.
Distinguish between the intended benefits and the unintended consequences of a new technology.
Differentiate between adaptive and assistive bioengineered products (e.g., food, biofuels, medicines, integrated pest management).