For the third Erasmus module, students explored the continuing impact of technological and scientific developments during WWI, and in the process, discovered some unsung female heroes of the science world, and considered the moral ambiguities of certain technological breakthroughs: Scientists like Clara Immerwahr faced a moral dilemma 100 years ago, when her work on gases contributed to the industrial mass slaughter of hundreds and thousands of young men during WWI.
Chemical warfare with disabling chemicals (such as tear gas) or lethal agents (like mustard gas) was a horrible reality during this first global war and has since become commonplace. Yet other technologies like radio and radar first dveloped during the war have arguably had a positive impact on today’s world. So the question was posed, are positive technological developments often brought about only through the necessity of war?
In practice, the students went on research trips to see the mass graves at Ypres, and the battlefields of Flaunders, and would work first hand on creating some WWI inspired media projects, including a video on what makes a good history documentary, details of which can be found in the links below.
Movie on Technology and WWI
Link to our partner school's website: Erasmus+ Rotterdam