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In today's world, we're used to modern conveniences such as running water, flushing toilets and lights that turn on with the flick of a switch. But humans haven't always had such luxuries. Explore primitive technology as you learn how early humans survived. Practice critical thinking and problem solving skills as you create a plan for surviving a natural disaster.
Major Concepts to Be Explored:
- How did early humans survive without modern technology?
- How do other cultures survive without indoor plumbing and electricity?
- What would your plan of action be if the civilized world ended?
- How would you build a survival shelter at different times of the year?
- What plentiful man-made materials can you use to make necessary survival tools?
6.P.3.1, 6.E.1.1, 8.L.1.1, 8.L.3
21st Century Skills:
Participants will be able to:
Communicate by sharing thoughts, questions, ideas, and solutions
Collaborate by working together to reach a goal – putting talent, expertise, and smarts to work
Think critically by looking at problems in a new way and linking learning across subjects and disciplines
Create, innovate, and invent by trying new approaches when presented with a challenge
Goals of the Workshop:
To introduce survival technologies to the students involving mathematic principles and physics
To expose the students to areas of study such as anthropology and experimental archaeology
To learn about other cultures and how they are able to survive without modern technology
To teach the students the importance of being prepared for natural disasters
To question the wasteful practices of our society and how that affects the Earth
Participants will be able to:
- Explain the five basic needs all organisms must have to survive.
- Reuse certain materials in a survivalist manner thereby changing their idea of necessity.
- Understand the importance of staying calm in an emergency.
- Think critically to assess surprise situations and develop a plan of action.
- Work as a group to accomplish a common goal.
Methods and Activities:
- Students will assemble a bottle stripper to make their own multipurpose string/cordage.
- Students will make their own “plarn” (yarn made from plastic bags.)
- Students will work in a group to construct a shelter out of materials (tarp, wooden dowels, etc.)
- Students will manufacture a compass and sundial.
- Students will take a close look at one of the most important supplies – water.
- Students will decide what to pack for their “end of the civilized world” scenario.
Apocalypse, Survival, Anthropology, Experimental Archaeology, Technology, Culture
- Preference is inside location with six tables for stations and a separate area (floor ok) for students to sit during introduction
- Teaching/presentation space must be accessible via wheeled cart.
- Access to electricity
- A screen or blank wall for projected materials.
- Approximate set-up and clean-up time – 45 minutes before and after program.
- Program will need to remain set up and secured from students for the entire day if multiple programs are booked.
- Secure storage location for materials if left overnight.
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- Grades 6 - 8
- Duration: 6 one-hour sessions
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- maximum 25 students