👀🤔Did you know that just a few decades ago, people had to wait a day or even a week before seeing a picture they took of themselves? The first digital camera prototype was the size of a toaster and weighed eight pounds. Go to pages 2 and 3 for some history facts. In this hands-on STEM activity, Students explore the history of cameras and celebrate National Selfie Day by inventing a new type of photography technology! Instructions 1.Research the history of camera's and photography before smart phones and portable devices existed. Create a page of information and images. You could record yourself (audio or video) as well. Ask yourself questions about what is was like to take pictures before digital, or filmless, photography. Here are a few ideas: What kind of device did we use to take pictures before we had digital photography? How did we look at the pictures? Did we ever take selfies, or pictures of ourselves? Think about what taking pictures is like now. How is it different from taking pictures before digital photography? What kinds of devices do you use to take pictures? How do you look at the pictures? Do you take selfies? When? How? 2.Next, think about how we might take pictures in the future. Design and sketch a prototype of your future photography equipment. Think about what we might do differently to take selfies in the future. After you finish sketching, build a prototype of your design using craft supplies and recyclables from around your home. For an added challenge, consider creating a mash-up of two ideas to come up with something new. For example, phones, cameras and computers are three separate devices, but a smartphone can contain all three! Mashups can create crazy combinations while also allowing us to go beyond what is familiar and into what is possible. What else might you combine in a device that takes photographs? 3. Create a page of interesting 📸 selfies. When complete tap Have fun and be creative.
I have created this activity from other peoples sites to give some historical background to photography and inspire the students to be creative with their selfies.