Learn Science to Understand History (and vice-versa)
Understanding of history and understanding of science are deeply connected. Geology (e.g., where veins of coal are located) and biology (e.g., where forests are abundant) explains why some people were able to conquer others. Human behavior has shaped ecology, even before the advent of fossil fuels. Scientists are embedded in a historical context which informs and limits their understanding.
Social science teachers rarely have the STEM background to appreciate these connections, and help their students develop integrated understanding of history and science. Our core hypothesis: If teachers and students can understand science and use it in their accounts, then they will understand the past and present more effectively and will make better predictions about the future. This cube will develop educational technologies and methods to help social science teachers better understand and teach STEM subjects in a history context.