Recently Georgia revised its Quality Core Curriculum (QCC) with the Georgia Performance Standards (GPS).
One of its missions is to reduce breadth and add more depth of coverage, to give students time to
understand more key concepts. While the new Georgia Standards do not explicitly include technological
literacy or design, a number of math and science standards can be met using activities found in DITC.
The format of the Standards page is as
follows: Below each bold heading is a bulleted
list - the first part of a list item is
a summarization of the standard, and the
second part (in a Courier font) describes
how that standard relates to DITC.
Note: Only the most relevant
Science standards to DITC are listed.
Georgia Science Standards
IN SCIENCE, the Georgia Performance Science Standards
created two categories of standards: Characteristics
of Science (which apply to all grades), and Content
(which differ from grade to grade). Many of the Characteristics
of Science are can be found in DITC, including modeling,
estimation, computation, inquiry, and curiosity. The
Physical Science Content Standards are easier to relate
to the design tasks than the Life Science or Earth Science
Habits of Mind
Students will know the importance of openness,
skepticism, and keeping accurate records in Science.
They will also understand the importance of investigating
a hypothesis, even if it turns out to be false (SCSm1).
- Students will have the ability to utilize estimation
and computation skills in analyzing data. These include
using and interpreting fractions, decimals and percents,
converting input units to proper output units, calculating
mean and median, understand importance of appropriate
precision and accuracy, and using ratios and proportions (SCSm2).
Student will be adept at using instruments for measuring
and observing. Understand the affect of changing one
part has on the system as a whole by disassembling,
inspecting and reassembling simple devices (SCSm3).
- Explore technological and scientific matters
using ideas of model, change, scale and system, including:
outputs of one system being the inputs of another, difference
between unchanging and counter-balanced systems, system
properties that depend on capacity change out of proportion
to those dependent on area (SCSm4).
- Students must communicate scientific ideas,
activities, and procedure through charts, graphs, tables
and symbols (SCSm5).
- Students will be able to effectively question
scientific claims based on vague attributions, flawed
reasoning, inadequate data samples, and different interpretations
of a data sample (SCSm6).
The Nature of Science
- Scientific knowledge can change as new information
arises, and investigations often must be repeated many
times before the results are accepted (SCSm7).
- Understand the importance of exploring new phenomena
using scientific inquiry: only change one variable during
a trial, be aware of the affect of having expectations
can have on the results, accurate record keeping, replication
of results, and data sharing (SCSm8).
Physical Science (8th grade)
- Students will classify changes in matter as chemicals
or physical, and demonstrate an understanding of the
Law of Conservation of Matter. They will distinguish
between acids, bases and salts, and between inorganic
and organic matter (S8P1).
- Students will understand potential and kinetic
energy and how they relate to the Law of Conservation
of Matter. Student will know heat transfer through atoms
and space and how currents facilitate the transfer of
- Students will be familiar with motion and force;
specifically Newton’s Laws of Motion and the relationship
between acceleration and velocity. Students will also
explore the affect of machines on work (S8P3).
- Students will understand electromagnetic radiation
and sound, and their wave nature (S8P4).