Develop an online exhibit about Chicago's water pollution problem in the 1800s.
In the Chicago task, students help The Smith Museum build an online exhibit for middle school students about how Chicago addressed its water pollution problem in the 1800s. Students review the exhibit to ensure it is clearly communicated.
of students understood stakeholders' interests and priorities.
of students correctly identified the reasoning behind a technological decision.
of students were able to explain the unintended consequences of a technological solution.
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History of the Problem
Learn about the causes of the water pollution problem and create a graphic about key historical developments.
Ideas for Solving the Problem
Match different points of view about how to solve the water pollution problem to appropriate stakeholders.
Engineering a Solution to the Problem
Edit a video showing the engineering design solution to the dirty water problem.
Reasoning Behind the Design Solution
Identify which statements from experts help to best explain the decision to reverse the flow of the river.
Consequences of the Solution
Explain the unintended consequences of the technological solution.
Identifying the Main Idea of the Exhibit
Choose a quote that best expresses the main idea of the exhibit.
A Closer Look: Students' Understanding of How Technological Solutions are Developed
Ten percent of students could evaluate stakeholders' priorities in technological decisions, analyze a design solution, and identify social forces driving technological development.
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Students understood that societal factors drive technological development but were less able to recognize how those factors impact technological decisions and solutions.