Middle School Career and Technology Education
Family and Consumer Sciences
Sixth grade FACS focuses on personal human development. Special attention is given to positive self image, career awareness, personal care, management of time and money, and food selection and nutrition. Class activities include large presentations, demonstrations, laboratories, small group work, and individual projects.
Seventh grade FACS focuses on the individual and the family. Special attention is given to family roles and communication, family membership throughout the life cycle, nutrition, resource management, and career exploration.
Eighth grade FACS focuses on the individual, family, and society. Special attention is given to managing resources and exploring issues in society which impact individuals and families. Fifteen hours of student service credit are earned as a part of successfully completing this course. Activities include individual and group projects dealing with real life issues and situations.
6th Grade - Exploring Technology
In sixth grade, students develop an understanding of the progression and scope of technology. Through group and individual activities, students will develop an awareness of the designed (human-made) world. Students will begin to see the relationships among technologies and between other fields of study, specifically math and science. Through analyzing technological products and processes, students will assess the impacts of technology. Students will begin to identify that the core technologies are the building blocks to all technological systems. Problem solving skills are enhanced throughout the course using hands-on activities.
7th Grade - Invention and Innovation
In seventh grade, students will focus on the design process. Brainstorming, modeling, testing, evaluating, and modifying will be used to apply the design process in the invention or innovation of a new product, process, or system. Students participate in engineering design activities to understand how criteria, constraints, and processes affect design. Throughout the design process, students will develop skills to communicate design information. Students will learn how various inventions and innovations impact their lives.
8th Grade - Technological Systems
In eighth grade, students will learn how technological systems work together to solve problems and extend human capabilities. A technological system consists of parts (such as electrical and mechanical) working together to accomplish a task. Systems have inputs, processes, outputs, and feedback. This course will give students a general background on the different types of systems, how systems have evolved over time, how systems can be modified, and how systems work together.
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