Courses Rationale and Goals

            Technology has been an integral part of human existence since prehistoric times.  It continues to be more and more pervasive in daily routines, and must therefore be managed and manipulated by an educated citizenry. Students need to develop skills ranging from small home repairs on up to revolutionary ideas such as alternative fuels and bio-engineered food. The “Technology Systems” course offers a wide-ranging template of learning about the processes and systems of technology. Technological literacy is no longer the jargon of engineers and architects, but a necessary ingredient for all aspects of life.

NCC learning approach is presented in a unique, laboratory-based setting that focuses on the following:

  • Hands-on problem solving skills using design and inquiry, offering confidence to students which other academic settings cannot achieve.
  • The practical and active application of all subjects using authentic tasks, reinforcing an interdisciplinary approach to learning.
  • Use of critical thinking and organizational skills, including group process, teamwork, and leadership opportunities.
  • Expand the understanding of universal technologies through the study of interrelationships in technology systems, processes, and environmental concerns.
  • Study of the use and control of technological solutions to human problems.
  • An economic orientation to technical knowledge with a pre-vocational exploration of business and industry that uses a global workforce.
  • Impacts of technology on social, political, and economic outcomes of our society.

“Technology Systems” are therefore a necessary contribution to the student’s future and also to the advancement of society. While offering current viewpoints on the subject of technology, NCC learning approach prepares participants for the future, and simultaneously teaches about the evolution of society’s technical means.

Through this approach, individuals learn to fuse ideas and concepts from many subject areas while relating to their own interests and backgrounds. This encourages students to become flexible and engaged learners; attributes they will use throughout their academic, personal, and social lives.

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