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May 1996

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Science Standards And Progress Indicators
Standard 5.4:
All Students Will Develop An Understanding Of Technology As An Application Of Scientific Principles

Descriptive Statement: Understanding the unique interdependence of science and technology is an important goal of science education. This standard is an attempt to show students how the application of scientific knowledge can be used to improve the human condition and how technological development affects the quality of life.

Cumulative Progress Indicators

By the end of Grade 4, students:


Develop skill in the use of tools for everyday purposes.


Demonstrate how tools are used to do things better and more easily or to do tasks that could not otherwise be done.


Examine and compare toys and other familiar objects and explain how they work.


Find and report on examples of how technology helps people.

Building upon knowledge and skills gained in the preceding grades, by the end of Grade 8, students:


Describe how tools of today are different from those of the past but may be modifications of ancient tools.


Describe how technology expands the ability of scientists and others to make measurements and observations.


Design and build simple mechanical devices to demonstrate scientific principles.


Explain how engineers and others apply scientific knowledge to solve practical problems.


Compare the advantages and disadvantages of alternative solutions to practical problems.

Building upon knowledge and skills gained in the preceding grades, by the end of Grade 12, students:


Recognize that technological problems often create a demand for new scientific knowledge, and cite present and past examples of the interrelationship and mutual influence of science, technology, and society.


Participate in a design project that identifies a problem, proposes and implements a solution, and evaluates the consequences of that solution.



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