I have just finished our second last unit WWAPT (Where we are in Place in Time). This unit was about different historical time period and inventions at those times. We learned that historical perspective have influenced the process of scientific discovery. We explored those innovations, their influences and their impacts. As part of the exercises, we got to choose from a lot of different events so as to allow us to explore deeper into that event. There were events like, WWI, WW II, Opium War, The Cold War, Roman Empire, Ice Age, Japanese Occupation of Hong Kong, Vietnam War, 911 and HK Occupation, etc.
After some quick researches on those events, I picked WWI. I picked this as this event was a big event and was the first world war. I researched WWI with one of my close friends, Tessa. During the researching process, I learned a lot about WWI. I learned about the different scientific discoveries made in WWI, for example, synthetic rubber, tanks, flamethrowers and walkie-talkies, etc.
My Knowledge about WWI
WWI started in June 1914 and ended on November 11th, 1918. It all started because Prince Franz Ferdinand was in line to be the King of Austria – Hungary in the center of Europe. He got killed and Austria – Hungary declared war to Serbia because they thought Serbia killed their prince. During the War, the soldiers had to live in trenches. Before the war, the women had to do household jobs but because the men went to fight against other countries, the farms and factories were taken care by the women.
During the War, there were two different sides. The Central powers and the Allies. The Central Powers represented Germany, Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria and Turkey. The Allies represented Great Britain, New Zealand, France, Russia, Serbia, Belgium, Italy and the US. The US joined the War a little later because the US discovered Germany was trying to pull Mexico into the war and decided to join the war on the Allies side.
Although I had some knowledge of WWI but I never knew that walkie-talkies were created at that time. The soldiers used that to communicate during the fight. This had dramatically increase the fighting ability of the soldiers.
Although we would start a new unit soon but I have planned to explore further by myself in some of the events during my own time. For example, I would like to explore further into WWII with my brother because we watched the movie and noted that Captain America was the hero during WWII. We were curious and would like to know more about it, particularly the atomic bombs and the impacts. I recalled I read from newspaper about those two nuclear bombs. Those two bombs killed over 120,000 people and I felt empathy to those who got killed as most of them were innocent civilians.
Furthermore I would like to inquire further into opium war. I knew that those opium made many Chinese become very weak at that time so that they did not have the strength to fight. I would like to explore further into this when I had time.
To conclude, I really enjoyed this unit because I got to learn about history and the inventions at those time.