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Chapter : Technology and Engineering in Middle School Standards
One of the most important contributions of the new standards documents has been to clear up the confusion among the terms science, technology, and engineering. According to the Framework,
In the K–12 context, “science” is generally taken to mean the traditional natural sciences: physics, chemistry, biology, and (more recently) earth, space, and environmental sciences… . We use the term “engineering” in a very broad sense to mean any engagement in a systematic practice of design to achieve solutions to particular human problems. Likewise, we broadly use the term “technology” to include all types of human-made systems and processes—not in the limited sense often used in schools that equates technology with modern computational ...