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The second course in the engineering pathway. This course introduces students to the fundamental principles of engineering. Students learn about areas of specialization within engineering and engineering design, and apply engineering tools and procedures as they complete hands-on instructional activities.

This course focuses on the three dimensions of technological literacy—knowledge, ways of thinking and acting, and capabilities—with the goal of students developing the characteristics of technologically literate citizens. It employs teaching/learning strategies that enable students to explore and deepen their understanding of "big ideas" regarding technology and makes use of a variety of assessment instruments to reveal the extent of understanding.

Students develop an understanding of the influence of technology on history by exploring how people of all times and places have increased their capability by using their unique skills to innovate, improvise, and invent. They gain an understanding of technological innovation and the fact that it often results when ideas, knowledge, or skills are shared within a technology, among technologies, or across other fields of study. Students develop an understanding of engineering design, the formal process that transforms ideas into products or systems of the designed world. They select and use manufacturing technologies and understand that modern manufacturing technologies produce quality goods at low prices, enhancing the quality of life for many people. Students select and use construction technologies and recognize that cultural norms, environmental conditions, and the requirements of enterprises and institutions impact the design of structures. Opportunities are provided that enable students to select and use energy and power technologies and to explore the processing and controlling of the energy resources that have been important in the development of contemporary technology. Opportunities are provided that enable students to gain insights into the use of telemedicine and other medical technologies. They become familiar with information and communication technologies and their role in the use of other technologies. The course concludes with the synthesizing of major ideas through an understanding of the impacts the use of technology has on society and the environment.

Engineering Applications is the third course in the engineering pathway. Students have opportunities to apply engineering design as they develop a solution for a technological problem. Students use applications of mathematics and science to predict the success of an engineered solution and complete hands-on activities with tools, materials, and processes as they develop a working drawings and prototypes.

The Engineering Application Series (EAS) is a collection of fun and exciting problem-based learning opportunities. EAS provides students the opportunity to master critical academic, workplace, and life skills while solving real-world challenges. A team of 4-8 students are presented with a real world engineering design challenge. The team then organizes and solves the problem by navigating the design loop process using a unique "Challenge Script” and a variety of worksheets.

Through studying design technology, students should become aware of how designers work and communicate with each other. While the design methodology may take on a wide variety of forms, it is the emphasis on a practical approach through design work that characterizes this subject. 

(Taken from the International Baccalaureate Organization, 2008))