Grades 6-8 - Design and Technology, Critical Thinking
- If you could travel in time, where would you go, the past or the future? Why?
- Do you believe that time travel is possible, or might be some day? What are you basing your thoughts on?
- What would be some of the benefits of creating a time machine?
- What are some of the things you would need to consider if you were able to invent a time machine?
Note: This activity could be a simple short one-lesson event or you might choose to tie it in with a Science and Technology project that could include drawings, models, “TED Talk”–style presentations, etc. Your choice!
Invite students to design a time machine. They can draw a design by hand or on computer, or construct a 3-D model. (See note above.)
Here are some questions they might consider when planning their time machine.
- Will it have the capability to go into the future, the past, or both future and past?
- What fuel or type of energy does it require?
- How many people can it accommodate?
- What are some of the design considerations?
- composition (what it is made of)
- safety elements
- re-entry requirements
- technology (cameras, control panels, communication technology etc.)
Provide time (and resources if you wish) for students to complete their designs and then present them. Invite the rest of the class to ask questions following the demonstration.
Post the designs and challenge interested students to explore the concept of time travel on their own and share any new information with the class.