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Standards, Knowledge, Skills, and Understandings

Written by Jess Gold
November 21, 2017

PA Content Standards

  • Standard – 3.4.6.A2 – Describe how systems thinking involves considering how every part relates to others.
  • Standard – 3.4.7.A1 – Explain how technology is closely linked to creativity, which has resulted in innovation and invention.
  • Standard – 3.4.6.B4 – Demonstrate how new technologies are developed based on people’s needs, wants, values, and/ or interests.
  • Standard – 3.4.7.C3 – Describe how troubleshooting as a problem-solving method may identify the cause of a malfunction in a technological system.
  • Standard – 3.4.6.E7 – Explain how the type of structure determines the way the parts are put together.
  • Standard – 9.1.8.E – Communicate a unifying theme or point of view through the production of works in the arts.
  • Standard – 9.1.8.J – Incorporate specific uses of traditional and contemporary technologies within the design for producing, performing and exhibiting works in the arts or the works of others.

Overarching Understandings

  • Traditional and modern forms of art and technology can be used in tandem to create complex, visually interesting mixed media creations
  • Art and technology can be employed as powerful tools for creative self-expression and community-building
  • “Technology” encompasses a wide range of science and innovation-based applications
  • Aspects of our identity and community are interconnected

Related Misconceptions

  • Art and technology are distinct areas of study that have no connection or overlap
  • Art is always purely aesthetic and has no thematic, political, or cultural significance
  • “Technology” refers only to electronic or digitally-based applications
  • Aspects of our personalities, identities, and experiences are distinct from each other have no meaningful connections

Topical Understandings    

  • Collage / Visual Art
    • Collage is an artistic technique that involves putting together an assemblage of different components to create something new
    • The individual components of a collage can gain new meaning in the context of the larger piece
  • Sewing & Circuitry
    • Sewing involves decorating or attaching objects by stitching with a needle and thread
    • While sewing is generally done with thread made from basic fibers, technologists have created thread that is conductive, allowing it to be part of a circuit.
    • A circuit is a path that electricity flows on. A circuit needs to be closed in order to successfully power an output.
    • Technologists have also created other electronic components for sewing, such as battery holders and LEDs. These components are designed to be used with conductive thread to create a functioning circuit. There are visual markers on these sewable electronics that provide information about how to use them properly.
    • LEDs are light-emitting diodes. To emit means to give off. As diodes, electricity can only flow through them in one direction. If connected the wrong way, they won’t light up. The positive side of the LED (marked as a +) must be connected to the positive side of the battery holder, and the negative side of the LED (marked as -) must be connected to the negative side of the battery holder. When a battery is in the holder, the circuit will be complete and the LED will light up.
  • Identity & Community
    • Identity is the way that we understand and define ourselves through traits, beliefs, and experiences.
    • Identity involves self-definition and expression of individuality but can also be used to make connections with others around similarities and differences    


  • Students will know…    
    • Basic definitions associated with collage, sewing, and simple circuitry
    • The components and structure of a simple circuit


  • Students will be able to…
    • Identify and visually communicate connections between their personalities, interests, identities, and experiences through a mixed media project 
    • Combine art and electronic technology through the use of e-textiles
    • Thread a needle and sew a basic running stitch
    • Create a functioning sewn circuit that lights up an LED
    • Think critically to troubleshoot issues with their sewn circuits
    • Make connections between their projects and those of their peers
    • Work independently and collaboratively to complete a project