BUILDING BIG and the activities in this guide address the following national content standards for science, math, and technology:
National Science Education Standards
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTIM) Standards
International Technology Education Association
Technology Content Standards
Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
Identify questions that can be answered through scientific investigations.
Design and conduct a scientific investigation.
Use appropriate tools and techniques to gather, analyze, and interpret data.
Develop descriptions, explanations, predictions, and
models using evidence.
Think critically and logically to make the relationships between evidence and explanations.
Recognize and analyze alternative explanations and predictions.
Communicate scientific procedures and explanations.
Use mathematics in all aspects of scientific inquiry.
Understandings about scientific inquiry
Motions and Forces
Abilities of technological design
Identify appropriate problems for technological design.
Design a solution or product.
Implement a proposed design.
Evaluate completed technological designs or products.
Communicate the process of technological design.
Understandings about technological design
Risks and Benefits
Science and Technology in Society
Science As a Human Endeavor
History of Science
From National Science Education Standards. Copyright ©1996 by the
National Academy of Sciences.
Available from the National Academy Press, 2101 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Lockbox 285, Washington, D.C. 20055.
Up to top of page
Expectations for Grades 6-8
Recognize and apply geometric ideas and relationships in areas outside the mathematics classroom, such as art, science, and everyday life
Select and use appropriate units and tools, depending on degree of accuracy required, to find measurements for real-world problems
Solve problems that arise in mathematics and in other contexts
Apply and adapt a variety of appropriate strategies to solve problems
Recognize and apply mathematics in contexts outside of mathematics
Create and use representations to organize, record, and communicate mathematical ideas
Use representations to model and interpret physical, social, and mathematical phenomena
From Principles and Standards for School Mathematics. Copyright © 2000 by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
Up to top of page
Standard 1: Students will develop an understanding of the characteristics and scope of technology.
Standard 2: Students will develop an understanding of the core concepts of technology.
Standard 3: Students will develop an understanding of the relationships among technologies and the connections between technology and other fields of study.
Standard 4: Students will develop an understanding of the cultural, social, economic, and political effects of technology.
Standard 5: Students will develop an understanding of the effects of technology on the environment.
Standard 6: Students will develop an understanding
of the role of society in the development and use of
Standard 7: Students will develop an understanding of the influence of technology on history.
Standard 9: Students will develop an understanding of engineering design.
Standard 10: Students will develop an understanding of the role of troubleshooting, research and development, invention and innovation, and experimentation in problem-solving.
Standard 11: Students will develop abilities to apply the design process.
Standard 20: Students will develop an understanding of and be able to select and use construction technologies.
From Standards for Technological Literacy. Copyright © 2000, International Technology Education Association.