In celebration of its founder, Fritz Schumacher’s centenary year Practical Action have created Small Is...Challenge. Schumacher’s philosophy was based on the idea that even a small change can have a big impact on people’s lives. The challenge for students is to look at technologies from the last 100 years and invent a product that could contribute towards a more sustainable future. The activity is best conducted in groups of four students.
The resource consists of:
• A two metre long full colour technology timeline provides a great starting point for a display of students' work.
• A presentation outlining student activities.
• Activity sheet where students can record the progress of their research and develop their ideas of technology for their future.
Practical Action has set up a competition based on this activity (closing date for entries is 30th April 2011). Teachers can email Practical Action (email@example.com) for a free printed copy of the timeline. Further information can be found on the Practical Action's website.
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