Private Independent school from PK through 12th grade.

Early Technology Week: Primitive Innovation

While most schools are frantically racing to keep up with the ever-changing technology of cloud computing, Hammond School has taken technology to a whole new level, one that dates back centuries ago: primitive technology.  But immersing middle school students in an authentic learning experience that brings to life technology employed by Native Americans and Colonial settlers is anything but backward.
 
In an attempt to engage students in the core components of the fifth grade, social studies and history curriculum, Hammond developed a program that gives students an experiential opportunity to discover these early and primitive technologies.  

Working with experts from across the country, Hammond fifth grade students spend a week rotating through six project stations presented by visiting primitive technologists. The stations provide activities in early forms of technology, from the burn and scrape method of hollowing bowls and canoes, to making flutes out of river cane, gourd-working, pine needle and kudzu basket weaving, and deer foot tool kits. Perhaps the most popular craft is making a deer foot tool kit. Students learn to form sharp-edged stone knives from flint, which they then used to skin a deer leg. When the project was complete, they hold in their hands a pouch, talon candles, rudimentary fishing tackle, and a sewing kit - all from the foot of one deer.

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