Designed & Applied Technology

The Design & Applied Technology Department offers courses that provide students with the tools necessary to evaluate and adapt to rapid technological change.

Students are given opportunities to apply their knowledge and manipulative skills to authentic human problems. It is the department's philosophy that these experiences will help prepare students to make confident, productive, meaningful and informed decisions as they participate in contemporary society.


Hunterdon Central has been named as one of fourteen New Jersey school districts to participate in a three-year STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education project at the College of New Jersey, funded by a $100,000 grant from Edison Ventures.

The grant will support a team of expert STEM educators, who will work with teachers and administrators, providing free access to integrative STEM curriculum, as well as in-depth and ongoing professional development.

Hunterdon Central’s faculty members who will be involved in the project are Design & Technology teachers Michael McFadden, Kevin Mastropietro and Maria Smith.

The project, titled “Engineering byDesign-New Jersey Initiative,” will be housed in the College of New Jersey’s School of Engineering, in conjunction with the Department of Technological Studies and The Center For Excellence in STEM Education.

Outreach conducted by the grant will be complemented by two research components: contributing student achievement data to an ongoing national study of K-12 Technology and Engineering Literacy; and methods of improving best practices for professional development in integrative STEM Education via Professional Learning Communities (PLCs).

“Compared to Mathematics and Science, far less effort has been made nationally to implement standardized curriculum, assessment and professional development in the field of Technology and Engineering Education,” says the project’s director, Chris Anderson. “This project will help New Jersey schools prepare for the new Common Core Standards, which include Technology and Engineering Literacy, 21st Century problem-solving skills, multidisciplinary activities and career education/skills, as well as the 8th and 12th grade Technology and Engineering Literacy Assessment being conducted by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in 2014.”

The grant will allow New Jersey to become the 23rd member of the International Technology & Engineering Educators Association’s (ITEEA) Engineering byDesign Consortium of States.

Other New Jersey School Districts participating in the project include: Englewood, New Providence, Gateway Regional, Northern Burlington Regional, Hammonton Regional, Randolph Township, Roselle Park, Jackson, Southern Regional, Lakeland Regional, Washington Township, Livingston and Westfield.

For more information on the Engineering byDesign-New Jersey Initiative, please contact Chris Anderson, 609-771-3479 or


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