About Applied Arts

Family and Consumer Sciences, and Technology Education

Applied Arts Department

The Applied Arts mission is to provide hands-on, real-world experiences in architecture, design, engineering, technology, automotives, culinary/hospitality, and child development. Students develop essential problem-solving, leadership, and critical-thinking skills by working together to create innovative solutions to real-life challenges. Courses are designed to inspire students on college, career, and exploratory paths. Contemplate, innovate, create: these are the tenets of New Trier's Applied Arts program.


The objectives of the Applied Arts program are to develop the following 21st century skills:

  • Design thinking
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem-solving
  • Collaboration
  • Creativity
  • Self-direction
  • Adaptability
  • Global awareness
  • Responsibility
  • Written and Oral Communication
    (Adopted from Harvard Education Letter, Teaching 21st Century Skills)

Please read below to learn more specifically about the objectives for the three Applied Arts Divisions: Driver Education, Family and Consumer Sciences, and Technology Education

Family and Consumer Sciences


The objectives of the Family and Consumer Sciences are to:

  • identify and examine values, self image, goals and needs;
  • prepare for life management: manage resources by conserving energy, time and money through effective planning and decision making;
  • create an environment where theory, practice, and work experiences allow students to apply knowledge to make informed decisions;
  • explore positive approaches to potential problems and solutions.

Technology Education


The objectives of the Technology Education Department are to:

  • Provide students with the opportunity to explore, through hands-on experiences, the fields of engineering, technology, architecture, technology, design, communication, energy, manufacturing, automotives, and transportation;
  • foster an awareness of technology and its impact on society and the environment;
  • use technical information and skills to solve problems related to an advanced technological society;
  • enhance problem-solving skills, decision making, creativity, and collaboration skills.

Applied Arts Related Activities

  • SWEETS (Society of Women in Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Technology, and Science)
  • Club Sandwich (Northfield)
  • Science Olympiad
  • Gaming Club
  • FCCLA (Family Career and Community Leaders of America)
  • In the Mood for Food Club
  • Robotics Club
  • Architecture Club
  • Cooking Club (Northfield)
  • Fashion Club (Northfield)