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Mechanical Technology Grade 12 Chapter 2 Technology, Society & Environment


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This slide show accompanies the learner guide "Mechanical Technology Grade 10" by Charles Goodwin, Andre Lategan & Daniel Meyer, published by Future Managers Pty Ltd. For more information visit our website

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Mechanical Technology Grade 12 Chapter 2 Technology, Society & Environment

  1. 1. Technology, Society & Environment
  2. 2. TECHNOLOGY, SOCIETY & THE ENVIRONMENT Demonstrate an understanding of the interrelationship between Mechanical Technology, society and the environment Describe the interrelationship between technology, society and the environment Describe Human Rights Describe entrepreneurship and its influence on society and the environment Identify Indigenous Knowledge Systems of different cultures Describe, explain and respond to basic medical emergencies in context, taking cognisance of health issues such as HIV/AIDS
  3. 3. Assessment Standard 1: The interrelationship between technology, society and the environment . <ul><li>Never in our history have there been greater developments in technology as in the 20th century. </li></ul><ul><li>One such development is the advances in electronics. The invention of computers has allowed scientists and engineers to perform previously unthinkable tasks with precision, speed and accuracy. </li></ul><ul><li>Applications of new technology are employed everywhere from agriculture to space travel. </li></ul><ul><li>Technology brings obvious and numerous benefits to society. </li></ul><ul><li>A good example of one of the benefits is the advances in medicine. Many previously incurable diseases can now be easily diagnosed and treated. </li></ul><ul><li>Another example of the benefits of technology is modern communication, in the form of e-mail and mobile phones. </li></ul><ul><li>New technology also has benefits for the environment. The technology needed to harness solar, wind or water power (renewable energy sources) is becoming more affordable as science develops. </li></ul><ul><li>More often than not, however, the environment is harmed by pollutants which are by-products of manufacturing industries. </li></ul><ul><li>There is therefore an important balance to be kept between the technological needs of society and our natural resources (found in the environment). This balance is sometimes referred to as sustainable development. It is extremely important to adopt a conservational mind set. </li></ul><ul><li>A good way to start is by looking after your possessions and not being wasteful. Recycling is also an important way of looking after the environment. </li></ul>