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Technological Evolution

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Design +1 Age Levels Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old), Post-Secondary, Adults

Our rapidly developing world has lead to unprecedented evolutions in technology. Technology tells a continuous narrative of innovation, disruption, collaboration, risk and resilience. Through this collection students explore the essential questions: What makes something innovative? How do you define innovation?

To help unpack these questions have students explore each object by answering:

  • Who is this object made for?
  • How is it used?
  • What did this object allow people to do?
  • What connections do you notice between the objects?
  • Was this technology innovative for its time? Why/Why not?  

This collection was inspired by the Bob Greenberg Selects exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum: https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/exhibitions/1108968917/page1

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Jasmine Kassulke

Command Module, Apollo 11

National Air and Space Museum

Visual Icon

Jasmine Kassulke

Polaroid Big Swinger 3000 Camera

National Museum of American History

SX-70

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Instamatic M2

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

TV8-301

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Videosphere

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Envoy

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

iPad

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Audio Title

Jasmine Kassulke

Reel-to-Reel Wire Recorder

National Museum of American History

TR-1 (1954)

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Boombox (circa 1970)

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Walkman TPS-L2 (1979)

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

CD Player, Shuttle

National Air and Space Museum

iPod

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

iPod Nano

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Sub heading Calculate

Jasmine Kassulke

HP9100 Prototype Desktop Electronic Calculator

National Museum of American History

Calmax M16 Desktop Electronic Calculator

National Museum of American History

HP-35

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

ET55

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

communicate title

Jasmine Kassulke

Telephone

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Model 500 (1953)

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Telephone

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Phonebook

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

DynaTAC 8000x

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

StarTAC™

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Blackberry

National Museum of American History

Technology Disrupts

Jasmine Kassulke

iPhone

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Galaxy Note 8

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum