Applied Technology Program Characteristics

 
Career and Preparation Focused
 
Not focused on technology for its own sake, but on careers, career awareness, and the high school preparation required to pursue one's interests
 
 
 
For All Students
 
Appeals to the gifted student, the college-bound, and the workforce bound
 
 
 
Based on 21st Century Student Needs
 
Based on defined student needs, not on a commercial "turnkey solution"
 
 
 
The Best of Both Worlds
 
Integrates the best of traditional shop with new technical fields of interest
 
 
 
Choices
 
Many choices for exploration by students
 
 
 
Differentiated by Grade Level
 
Unique experiences for 6th graders and 7th-8th graders
 
 
 
75 % Hands-On
 
Hands on, brains on
 
 
High Quality Equipment
 
Durable, compelling, and open-ended equipment
 
 
A Challenge Structure
 
A structure that begins with basic projects, moves on to challenge projects and culminates in capstone projects
 
 
A New National Model
 
Consistent with best practice , NSF technology visioning, and the University of Colorado Integrated Technology Teaching and Learning Center