My daughter and I were working on her social studies project last night about technologies that are important to her. She had to have 10 pictures to paste onto a piece of paper, and to be able to talk about why she picked them. She quite quickly looked around our house and recognized that pretty much… well… everything in our house would count, other than the cats and the plants. What with one thing and another, we didn’t get the photos taken and printed, so we finally resorted to cutting out pictures from the flyers. It was pretty simple as tasks go: she would name a technology from the house and we would look for pictures of them. Chairs, lamps, kitchen appliances, TV… all simple.
We had a little trouble with finding a book, until I remembered that we had a school book order kicking around.
Then she got to the supermarket flyers. “What about juice?” she asked.
Hrm. What about juice? Made in a factory, concentrated, flavour packs added. Juice probably fits the broad definition, but maybe not for a grade 2 project. “How about juice boxes?” I suggested. We went searching for a more specific picture. It looked pretty much like this:
Then she pointed at a head of broccoli. “That’s not a technology, right?” “No. Broccoli is not a technology.”
She’s seven. I didn’t want to confuse things. But secretly I was thinking, “Hybrid broccoli, grown by industrial methods, shipped to a supermarket in Cape Breton in January. That sounds a lot like technology to me.”