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Japan earthquake spurs technology innovation

15 November 2013

a drawing of a house sitting on a cracked surface

The technological innovations include sensors to detect the level of radioactivity, monitors to detect heartbeats under rubble, and electric cars that can provide back-up power for houses. 

Watch the BBC video

Discussion starters

  • Brief development: Use this and other examples to identify a need or opportunity from the given context and issue. (level 4)
  • Characteristics of Technology: Use this and other examples to describe how societal and/or environmental issues can influence what people decided to make, how they would undertake planning, the selection of resources, and how they would make and test an outcome. (level 3)

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Keywords: japan, earthquake, innovation, brief development, characteristics of technology

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