Lesson 3: Transforming Resources into Technology: From Production to You
Big Idea: The process of selecting necessary resources should be based upon the desired result of the technology being designed.
Purpose: Examine the importance of appropriate resource selection to determine the production of technology to successfully achieve its desired goals.
- I can explain how all technologies depend on manufacturing technologies.
- I can analyze how manufacturing technologies use a system design to produce products of technology that may use more than one process to change the form of materials to produce durable and non-durable goods.
- I can identify the difference between durable and non-durable goods such as clothing, medicines, and processed foods.
- I can examine how technology has used a synthetics versus natural resources would preserve the environment.
- I can analyze how teaming is similar to how technology needs to be developed and used with a consideration of ethical issues.
- I can develop an assistive medical device using manufacturing processes that would improve healthcare.
Part 1: Using a deck of cards with examples of technology, analyze the resources needed for each and how they would not be developed without the resources necessary to manufacture them in existence.
1. Write the Big Idea in EDJ.
a. View Presentation 1.3.1: Meeting Technology Unit 1 Lesson 3 and use it as a resource.
b. Describe the difference between technology and nature in your EDJ.
2. In pairs, make an ETech DeCk of Cards (see Student Resource 1.3.1: ETech D).
a. Identify whether the object on the card is technology or nature.
b. If the object is technology, identify what type of technology it is (construction, medical, agricultural, etc.).
c. Randomly pick three cards from your ETcards and identify the resources needed to make the technology on the cards using your EDJ.
d. Analyze whether the technology would exist if none of the necessary resources discussed in Unit 1, Lesson 2 were available (e.g., people, information, time, capital/money, materials, tools and machines, and energy/power).
Part 2: Demonstrate the need for resources to design and build a ramp and flying car.
3. In teams of three, you are instructed to build a ramp and flying car using only the materials given.
b. What is the problem?
c. What resources are available?
d. What are any criteria or constraints (e.g., the width of the path must be wide enough to fit the car?
e. Analyze the need for resources you may be missing.
f. What manufacturing process will your team use to construct your model when demonstrating how each task matches a manufacturing process (e.g., separating/cutting, conditioning/sanding to smooth edges, etc.).
g. Analyze and list additional resources you need to complete the task.
h. Select resources (from a possible availability list) and construct your designs.
i. Test your design
Part 3: Identify the difference between synthetic and natural resources and the benefits of using both, with an understanding of the difference between durable and non-durable.
4. All technologies depend on manufacturing technologies.
a. How do manufacturing technologies use a system design to produce products of technology that may use more than one process when necessary to change the form of materials to produce durable and non-durable goods?
b. What is the difference between durable and non-durable goods, such as clothing, medicines, and processed foods?
d. How does technology that uses synthetics vs. natural resources preserve the environment (tech ethics)?
e. How is teaming similar to how technology needs to be developed and used with consideration of ethical issues?
f. What is an assistive medical device product using several manufacturing processes that would improve healthcare (e.g., leg, back, neck, or arm brace)?
g. How do objects rely on manufacturing technologies (e.g., illustrate this by drawing a bubble graph showing the materials and/or tools each use to manufacture its final product)?
h. How does each use system design to produce the products (e.g., demonstrate this by using a design chart?
i. Why is it important to select resources carefully when producing technology, such as home care products, detergents, and HVAC systems to help preserve the environment?
j. How do some of the products used in manufacturing products can be supplemented by the use of natural products?
k. How is some technology durable and others are non-durbale (e.g., draw a t-chart to show this)?
l. In pairs, discuss and debate the pros and cons of using synthetic materials vs. natural materials when producing technology that are non-durable (e.g., clothing, medications, processed foods, etc.).
m. What are the benefits of synthetic material due to the decrease need to deplete limited natural resources while also the need to use more natural resources to increase viability and decrease diseases as a result of excessive use of synthetics?
n. How is teaming similar to how technology must be developed with ethical issues?