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What is T.E.E.?

28 August 4:00 am
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What is T.E.E.?

And why your 7th, 8th or 9th grader must have it!

Many people don’t know what TEE is and why it’s a CRITICAL part of EVERY 7th, 8th or 9th graders education.

Here is a brief overview of TEE:

What is Technology and Engineering Education (TEE)? 

TEE has been part of a hands-on, minds-on curriculum offered in high schools and middle schools everywhere for nearly one hundred years.

In the early 20th century it was taught as “Industrial Arts”, reflecting the industrial society.

Today it’s taught as Technology and Engineering Education (TEE) with a powerful curriculum reflecting our modern and sophisticated technological era.

TEE is a critical part of the recent S.T.E.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) initiative.  TEE is the T and the E of STEM but the fact is TEE is STEM because is also includes the science and the math in a hands-on applied, real-world context.

What do students learn in modern TEE classes?

In a word, it is about INNOVATION! Students learn how innovators think and how to apply technology and engineering to create solutions to problems facing society.

TEE is a critical part of the recent S.T.E.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) initiative.  TEE is the T and the E of STEM but the fact is TEE is STEM because is also includes the science and the math in a hands-on applied, real-world context.

What do students learn in modern TEE classes?

In a word, it is about INNOVATION! Students learn how innovators think and how to apply technology and engineering to create solutions to problems facing society.

But why is it called Technology and Engineering education?  Is it primarily for students who want to be engineers?

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TEE does help fill the engineer shortage we now have, but that’s not its primary goal.  The reason the word engineer is in the name is this:

Engineers are the professionals who are most closely associated with technology.  They are professional innovators.  If you want to learn about innovation and technology, there is no better profession for students to study.

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Learning target: Technological Literacy

The first job of Technology and Engineering Education is to help your student become technologically literate.  The term “technological literacy” refers to one’s ability to use, manage, evaluate, and understand technology.

  •  A technologically literate person knows what technology is, how it is created, and how it shapes and is shaped by society.
  •  They are comfortable with and objective about technology.  They are not afraid of it, nor obsessed with it.
  •  They are confident consumers who can better evaluate products and make more intelligent buying decisions.
  •  They have some technical abilities and can use their powers of innovative to design and build things, to solve technical problems and to help sustain a strong economy.

Because technology is everywhere, technological literacy benefits everyone.  Corporate executives, brokers and investment analysts, journalists, teachers, doctors, nurses, farmers and homemakers will all be able to perform their jobs better if they are technologically literate and adaptable.

Technological literacy is much more that just knowledge about computers. It’s about having knowledge about the nature, behavior, power and consequences of technology from a real world perspective.

Learning target: Academic performance

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Did you know that students who take these types of courses get better grades in subjects like math, science and literature?

The second reason these types of courses are important is because they create greater interest in academics.  Statistically, students who take these types of courses have higher graduation rates and higher nation wide GPA’s.  And, they are better college and career ready!

Learning target: Purpose

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Technology and engineering education helps create Purpose – Did you know in 2014 one of the top questions asked on google was “Who am I?”

We have a crisis of identity.  People need to know who they are, and what makes them come alive.

For many students the study of technology, innovation and engineering is what they feel they born to do.  They are innovators at heart and nothing is more fulfilling to them.

The problem: To many student don’t have experiences like these to help wake up the innovator inside.  Too many students don’t know who they are…they are innovators!

Middle school years are especially important and are meant for exploration, in the hopes that something will resonate inside a students heart as an signal to them about their natural abilities and desires.  Desire reveals design, design reveals destiny or purpose.

Students who know who they are when they enter the job market aren’t just employed, they feel deployed with a sense of purpose.

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TEE – It’s for everyone!

So, helping create a student who is technologically literate, has hi academic performance and lives with purpose means that Technology and Engineering Education really is for everyone!

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Did you know in the U.S. there are over 35,000 of TEE educators teaching in public schools?  But why don’t private and home school students have access to us?  You do now!

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