• Use assessment techniques, such as trend analysis and experimentation, to make decisions about the future development of technology.

  • Design forecasting techniques to evaluate the results of altering natural systems.

Standards Related to the Design World

Standard 14:
Medical Technologies
Benchmarks for Grades K–2
  • Vaccinations protect people from getting certain diseases.

  • Medicine helps people who are sick to get better.

  • There are many products designed specifically to help people take care of themselves.

Benchmarks for Grades 3–5
  • Vaccines are designed to prevent diseases from developing and spreading; medicines are designed to relieve symptoms and stop diseases from developing.

  • Technological advances have made it possible to create new devices, to repair or replace certain parts of the body, and to provide a means for mobility.

  • Many tools and devices have been designed to help provide clues about health and to provide a safe environment.

Benchmarks for Grades 6–8
  • Advances and innovations in medical technologies are used to improve healthcare.

  • Sanitation processes used in the disposal of medical products help to protect people from harmful organisms and disease, and shape the ethics of medical safety.

  • The vaccines developed for use in immunization require specialized technologies to support environments in which a sufficient amount of vaccines is produced.

  • Genetic engineering involves modifying the structure of DNA to produce novel genetic make-ups.



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