Principles of Technology I

SCED Code: 03153
Virginia Extended Description: I
Suggested Grade Level: 10, 11
Duration: 36 Weeks
Prerequisite: None
OSHA Compliance Required?: No

Students conduct experiments and tackle projects in this single-period laboratory science course to apply physics and mathematics concepts. Students study seven technical principles: force, work, rate, resistance, energy, power, and force transformers, examining how each principle plays a unifying role in the operation of mechanical, fluid, electrical, and thermal systems in technology equipment and systems. This hands-on project approach to studying technical principles provides a foundation for further education and career readiness. Contextual instruction and student participation in co-curricular career and technical student organization (CTSO) activities will develop leadership, interpersonal, and career skills. High-quality work-based learning (HQWBL) will provide experiential learning opportunities related to students' career goals and/or interests, integrated with instruction, and performed in partnership with local businesses and organizations.


Students who complete Principles of Technology I and Principles of Technology II may use these courses to satisfy one physics credit in laboratory science. A student must complete both courses in the sequence in order to receive laboratory science credit. The sequence of Principles of Technology I and Principles of Technology II will satisfy one unit of credit in laboratory science for physics and one elective credit. Students who enroll in Principles of Technology courses for a physics credit must have completed Algebra I and two other laboratory science courses as specified by the accrediting standards prior to enrolling in Principles of Technology.
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Course Sequences

A combination of this course and those below, equivalent to two 36-week courses, is a concentration sequence. Students wishing to complete a specialization may take additional courses based on their career pathways. A program completer is a student who has met the requirements for a CTE concentration sequence and all other requirements for high school graduation or an approved alternative education program.

Career Clusters

Pathway Occupation
Engineering and Technology
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Electrical Engineering Technician
  • Electro-Mechanical Technician
  • Engineer
  • Engineering Technician
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Industrial Engineering Technician
  • Manufacturing Systems Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineering Technician
Science and Mathematics
  • Atmospheric Scientist
  • Hydrologist
  • Secondary School Teacher

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