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Unit 2: Technology Changes History

Lesson 2: Technology Through Time


File 2.2.3: Design Brief: 3-D Timeline
Background:
Your school is planning a World History Night, and the goal is to have every student
participate in the events. Some classes are planning short plays of significant events,
live action dioramas, posters, and models of artifacts from pre-historic times to the
present. The Technology Department has decided to participate by constructing a 3Dimensional Timeline that will illustrate the development of various technologies
through the ages. You have already spent a considerable amount of time researching
a current technological artifact from one of the following areas of technology:
agriculture, manufacturing, sanitation and medicine, transportation, information
processing, and communications.
Design Problem:
Your teacher has asked you to design and build three models of the artifact from the
Engagement activity to create a three-dimensional timeline of that device through
history.
Specifications:
1. Each artifact should fit into a shoe box and have a scale with it to help people
visualize the actual size of the artifact.
2. Each model must be from a different Age and labeled as such: Predicted
Future, Information, Industrial, Renaissance/Enlightenment, Middle Ages,
Iron, Bronze, Neolithic, Mesolithic, or Paleolithic.
3. The first model must be what the artifact looked like when it first appeared in
the historical record. The third model will be what the artifact looks like today
or in the predicted future. The second artifact will be what the artifact looked
like about half way between the other two models.
4. The artifacts will be dated.
Deliverables:
1. Each student will submit three assembled models.
2. Each student must submit a learning objective summary for the project.
This rubric will be used to evaluate your extension activity:
Category

Size

Below Average

Average

Excellent

Model is much too


large to fit in a
shoebox.

Model fits in a
shoebox.

Model fits in a
shoebox with a
tolerance of 1 along
one dimension
(length, width or
height).

2012 International Technology and Engineering Educators Association


Foundations
of Technology, Third Edition /
Technology, Engineering, and Design

# of artifacts

Student produces one


or two models of an
artifact.

Student produces
three models of an
artifact.

Student produces
three detailed models
of an artifact.

Labeling

The models are not


The three models are The three models are
labeled or are not from labeled and from three labeled with the exact
three different ages.
different ages.
date of development
and from three
different ages.

Standards Addressed:
For your learning objective summary, explain three of the five STL standards and the
AAAS standard using supporting details you learned from the lesson.
o The Iron Age was defined by the use of iron and steel as the primary
materials for tools. (STL, 7K)
o The Middle Ages saw the development of many technological devices that
produced long-lasting effects on technology and society. (STL, 7L)
o The Renaissance, a time of rebirth of the arts and humanities, was also an
important development in the history of technology. (STL, 7M)
o The Industrial Revolution saw the development of continuous manufacturing,
sophisticated transportation and communication systems, advanced
construction practices, and improved education and leisure time. (STL, 7N)
o The Information Age places emphasis on the processing and exchange of
information. (STL, 7O)
o

Technology is largely responsible for the great revolutions in agriculture,


manufacturing, sanitation and medicine, warfare, transportation, information
processing, and communications that have radically changed how people live
and work. (AAAS, 3C/M4)

2012 International Technology and Engineering Educators Association


Foundations
of Technology, Third Edition /
Technology, Engineering, and Design

2012 International Technology and Engineering Educators Association


Foundations of
Technology, Third Edition /
Technology, Engineering, and Design