The management of waste produced by technological systems is an important societal issue.
Technologies can be used to repair damage caused by natural disasters and to break down waste from the use of various products and systems.
Decisions to develop and use technologies often put environmental and economic concerns in direct competition with one another.
Humans can devise technologies to conserve water, soil, and energy through such techniques as reusing, reducing, and recycling.
When new technologies are developed to reduce the use of resources, considerations of trade-offs are important.
With the aid of technology, various aspects of the environment can be monitored to provide information for decision-making.
The alignment of technological processes with natural processes maximizes performance and reduces negative impacts on the environment.
Humans devise technologies to reduce the negative consequences of other technologies.
Decisions regarding the implementation of technologies involve the weighing of trade-offs between predicted positive and negative effects on the environment.
Students will develop an understanding of the role of society in the development and use of technology.
Products are made to meet individual needs and wants.
Because people’s needs and wants change, new technologies are developed, and old ones are improved to meet those changes.
Individual, family, community, and economic concerns may expand or limit the development of technologies.
Throughout history, new technologies have resulted from the demands, values, and interests of individuals, businesses, industries, and societies.
The use of inventions and innovations has led to changes in society and the creation of new needs and wants.
Social and cultural priorities and values are reflected in technological devices.
Meeting societal expectations is the driving force behind the acceptance and use of products and systems.
Different cultures develop their own technologies to satisfy their individual and shared needs, wants, and values.
The decision whether to develop a technology is influenced by societal opinions and demands, in addition to corporate cultures.
A number of different factors, such as advertising, the strength of the economy, the goals of a company, and the latest fads contribute to shaping the design of and demand for various technologies.
Students will develop an understanding of the influence of technology on history.
The way people live and work has changed throughout history because of technology.
People have made tools to provide food, to make clothing, and to protect themselves.
Many inventions and innovations have evolved using slow and methodical processes of tests and refinements.
The specialization of function has been at the heart of many technological improvements.