A common misunderstanding of Chinese historical society is that it lacks scientific and technological capabilities—modern China “rises” from a traditional shell. Somehow, they stumbled across papermaking, printing, gunpowder, and a sailor’s compass.
Many were surprised to discover that modern agriculture, shipping, observatories, decimal math, paper money, umbrellas, wheelbarrows, multi-stage rockets, wine and whiskey, chess, and more—along with paper, printing, and gunpowder.
This activity is an informative way to introduce Chinese history and technology. It can also be used as an opportunity to discuss stereotypes and their impact on our perception of reality if the teacher wishes, or as a culmination after studying Chinese history.
PIC: Innovation-creaticity, Papik Pro, Ancient history lists