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How to Make a Stone Axe
Mitzi Mock, digital videographer/storyteller

In the Upper School elective Steel, Telescopes, and Trains: Recreating the History of Technology, students are trying to recreate everything from ball bearings to the steam engine. Blending historical exploration with I-Lab fabrication projects, the class examines many of the technologies we take for granted today. How do you start a fire? How do you smelt a zipper? How do you fabricate a modern wall? These are just some of the things students will learn by doing.

Their first assignment: Make a stone axe with only the resources available in the Stone Age.

Students’ consensus so far: some of the simplest technology is much more complicated than it looks.

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A student banging stones together

In the Upper School’s history of technology class, students learn that some of the simplest technology is much more complicated than it looks.


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