Applied Arts-Technology Department
Technology Education involves a study of the accumulated knowledge, skills and techniques related to the use of tools, materials, energy and other available resources. This is a field of knowledge common to all mankind and has been present since man's earliest efforts to build, transport and communicate. It is an area of study essential to an understanding of man and his place in God's world.
Our technology program places its emphasis upon helping students find viable ways of participating in the development and extension of forms of technology which are in harmony with Christian values.
Objectives of the program
The study of technology in our curriculum has four major goals as listed below. Each goal has certain student outcomes related to it and these serve as guides in the selection of subject matter for each of the courses included in the program.
A. An understanding of the nature and function of technology
1. To view technology as a continuing revelation of God to man as part of His eternal purpose.
2. To gain insight into the relationship between man, technology, and environment.
3. To understand the organization and function of industry and the influence of industrial products and services upon modern social and economic life.
4. To develop a proper attitude toward the special responsibilities of a Christian in the world of work.
B. The development of self-understanding and self-improvement:
1. To discover and develop God-given abilities in relation to God's special plan for the life of each Christian.
2. To use and develop traits of inventiveness, ingenuity, and creative ability in technical work.
3. To develop wholesome personality balance through integration of mental, emotional, and physical training and growth.
4. To test abilities, interests, and desire for further study in a specific area of technology.
C. The practice of responsible social behavior:
1. To develop maturing work habits and the ability to plan and execute work independently and in cooperation with others.
2. To gain an appreciation for good design, good materials, and technically correct construction in manufactured products.
3. To gain a desire and ability to make constructive use of leisure time.
4. To follow proper safety and health precautions for the use of tools, machines, and materials in school, home, and industry.
D. Preparation for vocational effectiveness:
1. To gain an understanding of the opportunities, requirements, and working conditions in various technical field.
2. To develop the ability to use tools, materials and processes to solve technical problems involving the application of science, mathematics, and mechanics.
3. To develop skill in reading and making drawings and expressing ideas by means of drawings.
4. To develop a feeling of pride in the ability to do useful things and a desire to use each talent to honor God.
5. To develop the habit of an orderly, complete, and efficient performance of any task.
Technology is an area of study dealing with the knowledge, skills, and techniques related to the use of tools and materials in four basic categories: graphic communications, industrial materials and processes, power and energy, and building construction. With the exception of the basic technology course - required of all freshman boys - all courses in this department are offered on an elective basis.
Courses in this department may be taken out of special interest by any student. Those who wish, may pursue an entire sequence for a general background in this field or as preparation for vocational training in a particular related occupation.