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Ideas for Impacto, Influencia, Cambio

  Through the information provided in Science, Technology, and Invention in Rio Grande/Rio Bravo Basin students might study the impact traditional knowledge of the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo Basin region has had on science and technology in Mexico and the United States and on the individuals and societies of the two countries. Students could investigate how the people of the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo Basin region have used their creative genius to continuously invent, exploit, and redesign tools based on their relationship with an unpredictable river environment.

Students might also examine topics that illustrate the ebb and flow of a particular culture's interest in the sciences or technology. For example, students could study The Amazon: Has It Been Fully Discovered or Mapping the Darien of Panama and the Pan-American Highway to understand colonial and post-colonial interest in developing the technology or science of an occupied country. Students could contact donor agencies such as the World Bank to study what factors determine or influence their interest and support for science and technology in the third-world. Students could then compare the ebb and flow of interests in the past to those today to understand what drives the development of science and technology across the globe.

Victor Leaton Ochoa gave the world many technological innovations that never caught on, for one the Ochoa Plane, an airplane that could be folded and made portable! Starting with the information in Victor Ochoa: The Man, The Inventor, The Revolutionary, students could study why some inventions throughout history never achieved general use.

Aviation technology in Central and South America took off after World War II. What influenced the sudden surge of interest and invention in aviation? What impact did that surge have on the countries' military, commercial, and civilian aviation activity then and now? Through Highlights in Aviation History, students could develop a biographical presentation that traces the work and lives of aviators whose very work helped change the scope and pace of aviation development during this time. Students could look at the way these aviators shaped the world's view of aviation and helped their countries gain a worldwide attention and respect.

How have women been accepted into the world of invention in science and technology? Using material from Meet Doctor Ellen Ochoa, students could examine through one woman the history of womenÕs role, influence, and impact on the direction of air and space science and technology.


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