Technology and Engineering Education - Middle School

About the Technology and Engineering Education Program

Middle School Technology and Engineering Education programs in Fairfax County Public Schools provide active learning situations that allow students to explore engineering and related careers. Students explore different technologies, learn the problem solving process through the Engineering Design Process, and become technologically literate. Course activities are designed to integrate grade level mathematics and science. The content covered in all modules reinforces the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) in math, science, language arts, social studies and technology.

Student Organizations

The Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) is an integral part of the career and technical education classroom.  CTSOs play an important role in preparing young people to become college and/or career ready.  CTSOs develop character, citizenship, technical, leadership, and teamwork skills.  CTSOs provide a unique instructional method for attaining the competency goals and objectives identified in each course.

Technology Student Association (TSA)

The mission of the Technology Student Association is to prepare students for the challenges of a dynamic world by promoting technological literacy, leadership, and problem solving, resulting in personal growth and opportunities.

TSA is the only student organization that focuses specifically on students enrolled in technology education. TSA includes educators, parents, students, and business leaders who believe in the need for a technologically literate society and are working hard to achieve that goal.  Virginia TSA is composed of more than 16,000 high school, middle school, and elementary school students throughout the Commonwealth.

TSA was originally established in 1978 as the American Industrial Arts Student Association (AIASA). In 1988, AIASA changed its name to the Technology Student Association (TSA) to reflect the commitment to the dynamic field of technology and the future.


  • Introduction to Technology (6th Grade Only)
  • Engineering 1: Design and Modeling
  • Engineering 2: Simulation and Fabrication
  • Engineering 3: Advanced Design and Prototyping