Design Technology

Molly Aqua

Design Technology


Class Description

Course Purpose

“Design, and the resultant development of new technologies, has given rise to profound changes in society: transforming how we access and process information; how we adapt our environment; how we communicate with others; how we are able to solve problems; how we work and live. ...MYP design challenges all students to apply practical and creative thinking skills to solve design problems; encourages student to explore the role of design in both historical and contemporary contexts; and encourages students’ awareness of their responsibilities when making design decisions and taking action.

from the MYP Language Acquisition Guide, copyright 2014 (pages 4-5)


Design:  Business Technology 6


Unit One:  How Computers Work                                     Semesters 1 & 2

An inquiry into how computers work.  Students will learn how computers use circuits and simple code to understand everything we tell them to do.


Unit Two:  Welcome to the Office                                      Semesters 1 & 2

An inquiry into the ways we can improve our personal and professional communications by using technology functions and forms.  Students will create a project through the complete IB Design cycle.



Design:  Business Technology 7


Unit One:  Welcome to Office Excel Edition                   Semesters 1 & 2

An inquiry into the ways we can use technology tools to engage in inquiry and data collection.  Students will use Excel to manipulate data.  They will go through the design cycle to create their product.

Unit Two:   Coding 10101                                                    Semesters  1 & 2

An inquiry into the ways coding functions have led to innovations in our world.  Students will debug and build a program.



Design:  Business Technology 8


Unit One:  Career Exploration                                          Semesters  1 & 2


An inquiry into the relationship between our perspectives on the good life and our skills as we evaluate career choices.  Students will engage in inquiry and the design cycle in order to develop an argument for their career choice.


Unit Two:  Self-Driving Car (Robotics)                         Semesters  1 & 2


An inquiry into the ways we can use technology to make systems safer.  Students will learn how to code a Lego Mindstorms robot to perform the functions they want.  Students will also develop collaboration skills as they work in teams through the design cycle.





Chealsee Klindt

Family & Consumer Sciences




Name: Chealsee Klindt

Subject Area: Family and Consumer Sciences

Grade: 6th, 7th, and 8th Grades

College(s) attended: Iowa State University

Years teaching: 2 years

Years at Meredith: 1 ½ years

What I enjoy about teaching here: Meredith staff and families have made teaching here enjoyable. I am part of a great community which sees the value in education. All the support I have received from the staff and families has enhanced the students’ educational opportunities.

Greatest hope for my students: Students will become active members of their community who make positive decisions.

Learner profile trait that motivates me:  I am motivated to be more reflective. When reflecting helps I assess what went well and what could be improved. I also use my reflections to plan my future lessons.