NSF# 0095726 - 2001
The purpose of the project is to develop
20 instructional modules based upon selected TSA Competitive
Events. Each of you has the responsibility to develop instructional
materials for one event. This initial developmental phase
is a two-year effort. A subsequent field testing and refinement
phase will result in a high quality textbook with a companion
CD containing materials for teachers and students.
Purpose of the
The purpose of the text material is to
provide an engaging/interesting materials for students to
read and learn content related to the topic. The text part
is 30 pages. One important purpose of the grant is to develop
instructional materials that address the standards. It is
essential that the sections in the text relate to the math,
science, and technology standards and also correlate with
the lesson plans.
The flavor of the standards must be captured
in the text. The text also provides a context for the competitive
event. Through the sections in the text, connections are
made between the experiences of a particular TSA event and
a larger world with rich applications of related content.
The text contains "how things work" information
with exploded view diagrams, illustrations, and real world
examples that help students to demystify and understand
technology. The text also provides insights into the impact
of technology on society and stories about people that students
can be inspired by.
The content section is particularly important.
This section provides the foundational information that
students need to know in order to be successful in the competitive
event. This information takes its cue from the event, but
takes one step back from the event. It is not a step-by-step
instruction in how to win the event. It is the identification
of the important theories, principles, and content that
the event is founded upon. It's the content that students
might miss if they just built the project. It's the academic
information that makes the competitive event an important
and complete educational effort. It's the learning that
demonstrates the true educational value of TED and TSA.
This section addresses the question-- what is the important
content that students should be learning as a result of
participation in this competitive event?
Sections of the Text
The Nature of Technology: this section
is designed to address this part of the STL.
Scope of the Technology
This is a brief introduction (no more that one page) to
the topic. It contains a photo/illustration that represents
the topic. It gets middle or high school interested in the
This contains only the essential concepts/terms and definitions
associated with the topic. It contains a photo or two to
make the page attractive and interesting.
Summary objectives from the Standards
for Technological Literacy
These objectives need to address the content of the unit.
They should also use some of the language from the appropriate
standards--Math, Science, and Technology. Need a few photos
to illustrate the objectives, too.
Science that Works
The idea is to identify one example of the science embedded
in the topic and elaborate. It shows students how science
theories are applied in a real world example of the topic.
From this section students learn that science has application
and there is science that is fundamental to their competitive
event. Use some science standard language where possible.
Also need photos.
Math that Works
The idea is to identify one example of the mathematics embedded
in the topic. It shows students how mathematics concepts
are applied in a real world example of the topic. From this
section students learn that mathematics can be applied and
that mathematics is fundamental to their competitive event.
Use some mathematics language from the standards where possible.
Also need photos.
Need contemporary photos and graphs, charts,
curves, etc. to illustrate the math connection. Provide
a specific story/example related to the topic.
Technology that Works
The idea is to identify one real-world example of the technology
embedded in the topic. It shows students how technology
is used and explains some aspect of technology that is used
in the event i.e. a digital camera for digital photography.
Perhaps use an exploded view diagram to explain how the
This page is designed to show in one illustration all of
the connections and interconnections of the topic. Rather
that have students read all the information this provides
everything at a glance. This is also an opportunity to include
education/training and technology education teacher as a
part of the mind map.
Technology and Society: this section is
designed to address this part of the STL.
Technology and Society:
Cultural, Economic, Environmental, Ethical, Political, and
This section is an opportunity to address this STL standard.
It provides the context for the competitive event and the
opportunity to establish how the competitive event connects
with the big picture of society in the USA and globally.
This section is a concise timeline of only the most significant
developments related to the competitive event. The timeline
should also include current and future projections. Need
some photos/illustrations to make it attractive.
Design: this section is designed to address
this part of the STL.
This section provide an interesting real world story from
industry from beginning idea to final product. A real story
that provided some insight into the topic and how industry
approached the topic, problems encountered along the way
and how they were solved. Also the evaluation of the final
product--how was it successful and what would be done. An
example that students could read and connect their experiences
with the real world.
Abilities for a Technological World: this
section is designed to address this part of the STL.
Some challenging ideas/resources that would encourage kids
to explore and see the connections on their own. This section
also addresses STL standards 11-13.
Design Brief related to the competitive
These materials are designed for Technology Education teachers
and students who participate in TSA. However the materials
also must be able to be used by TED teachers who do not
participate in TSA. Science teachers, math teachers and
home school students are also potential users of the units.
The design brief should paraphrase the
TSA competitive event for those teachers/students who will
not compete in a TSA event. It is not the TSA event, but
is one step back. It develops a problem that students could
substitute for the TSA competitive event and still retain
the problem solving character of the unit.
The Designed World: this section is designed to address
this part of the STL.
This is the most important part of the text. It is the guts
of the content. The essential content that students need
to know to be successful is contained here. It's the academic
material that is connected to the competitive event.
It is not step by step instructions on
how to do the event. It should correlate with language in
the STL and the lesson plans as much as possible. Examples
and tie-in with real world applications.
I would like for this section to be a story about a real
person that kids can identify with. Someone within reach
with a message that would inspire them. Someone about whom
they could say "I could do that
" An interview
with a real person with insights about what it took for
them to get where they are now and be successful.
Sections in the Teacher Resources
Suggestions for how to teach this unit. Also ideas for having
students elaborate/develop their ideas for competition.
Lesson Plans for the teacher including
Standards addressed must be identified. One foundation of
the project is correlation of the instructional materials
with the standards. The STL are essential. Appropriate Science
and Math standards are also important.
Activities related to the concepts and
building up to the TSA competitive event
Ideas, tips, and information related to how students can
be successful in academic competitions.
Resources and Materials needed
Need to limit the outside resources. Teachers can't be expected
to go to other materials to get the information. The essential
content to teach the unit needs to be contained in this
text. A list of supplies and software/equipment should be
included in this section.
Essential concepts/information related to concepts in module.
Essential worksheets to compliment the lesson plans and
help students gather information relevant to the event.
Pre-test/ Posttest based on the Standards
15 technology based (STL) questions related to the content
in the unit.
5 science based (standards) questions related to the content
in the unit.
5 math based (standards) questions related to the content
in the unit.
Rubric for grading
Grading rubrics that also address STL concepts.
Background information to be successful
Is this section redundant? i.e. (see above
tips, and information related to how students can be successful
in academic competitions.