Technology & Engineering Education has evolved as technology has advanced. During the industrial era of the 20th century, it was taught in the schools as Industrial Arts, reflecting the industrial society. As advancements have catapulted us into a faster moving, more highly sophisticated, technological society, Technology & Engineering Education has made curriculum adjustments that reflect these changes.
In a word, Technology & Engineering Education is about Innovation! It is about how people think. It is how to apply technology in solutions of problems facing society. The aim is to solve problems and create opportunities within a realistic context. That context is being developed as outlined in the North Dakota Technology & Engineering Education Curricular Framework document.
Students use their ingenuity with tools, materials, processes and resources to create solutions and opportunities for themselves and others. The nature of learning goes from the very early years of just "knowing" to more developed applications that relate Engineering, Assessment, Innovations and Technological Systems. It is a dynamic subject in our schools that is as fast moving and as up-to-date as the thinking of technology in our society. It is future workforce thinking!