TechEd



Vision Statement:  By employing a variety of techniques, tools and materials to solve problems, FPS students will gain the confidence to adapt to the ever-changing world, recognizing setbacks and redesign as a critical part of the process. Additionally, students will acquire an awareness of the wide range of career possibilities and be inspired to pursue technology-based endeavors.


FPS is in a two year curriculum review cycle of Technology Education. 2019-20 all three middle schools are pilotings the new curriculum.  This year units may differ from section to section based on equipment and resource access. 2020-21 school year will have all three middle schools doing a final implementation of the units.


6th Grade - Introduction to Computing

  • Unit 1 - Digital Tools and Collaboration

  • Unit 2 - Video Production

  • Unit 3 - Programming Fundamentals

7th Grade - Structures and Robotics

  • Unit 1 - Fundamentals of Structures

  • Unit 2 - Introduction to Robotics and Motion

  • Unit 3 - Robotics Design Challenge

8th Grade - Creating and Problem Solving

  • Unit 1 - Engineering Design Process

  • Unit 2 - Group Project Creating or Problem Solving



Engineering and science practices 


  1. Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering). 

  2. Developing and using models.

  3. Planning and carrying out investigations.

  4. Analyzing and interpreting data.

  5. Using mathematics and computational thinking.

  6. Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering). 

  7. Engaging in argument from evidence.

  8. Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information.



All sixth grade students who come to TechEd all participate in the Marshmallow Challenge. No matter how many times you take the challenge, you are bound to learn something new.  Through the challenge, students learn quickly about planning, collaboration, and rapid prototyping with unusual and complex materials.