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Influence of Science, Engineering and Technology on Society and the Natural World

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  • This short video is most helpful for teachers looking to gain a better understanding of this NGSS Disciplinary Core Idea and the progression of topics to teach at different grade levels.
  • It discusses that advancing technology influences the natural world, that society is impacted positively and (sometimes) negatively by technological advancements made, and that it is incumbent upon society to manage advances in these areas to maximize benefits and minimize costs. 
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  • This video can be helpful to teachers as they endeavor to understand how science, engineering, and technology influence society and the Earth.  This is a common theme in many NGSS performance standards.
  • This video helps a teacher understand the progression of teaching these themes throughout different grades, as well as throughout a unit.

Additional Prerequisites

  • As this is primarily a resource for teachers, they should be familiar with the Next Generation Science Standards.


  • Consider visiting the Next Generation Science Standards website to understand the performance expectations of your students related to this disciplinary core idea.
  • The beginning of this video, up to the 3-minute mark, can be shown to students as an overview of this topic for science and social studies classes.
  • A related resource to help teachers understand NGSS is Interdependence of Science Engineering, and Technology.
  • Other resources about human impacts on the planet include this video by Crash Course, this article about biodiversity loss, and this online course about the Anthropocene.
Scientist Notes
The video provides clarity on the interactions between science, technology, and engineering. It shows how a growing population could influence natural resources, and how time and space have influenced technology, inventions, science, and society. This is suitable for students from elementary, middle, and high school grades to gain deep insights on these approaches. Above all, this resource is recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-1 Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how the uneven distributions of Earth's mineral, energy, and groundwater resources are the result of past and current geoscience processes.
      • 4-ESS3-1 Obtain and combine information to describe that energy and fuels are derived from natural resources and that their uses affect the environment.
      • HS-ESS3-3 Create a computational simulation to illustrate the relationships among management of natural resources, the sustainability of human populations, and biodiversity.
    • ETS1: Engineering Design
      • MS-ETS1-1 Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.
      • HS-ETS1-3 Evaluate a solution to a complex real-world problem based on prioritized criteria and trade-offs that account for a range of constraints, including cost, safety, reliability, and aesthetics, as well as possible social, cultural, and environmental impacts.
    • PS1: Matter and its Interactions
      • MS-PS1-3 Gather and make sense of information to describe that synthetic materials come from natural resources and impact society.
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