Communication is in the essence of humanity.
Why is communication necessary?
Does what we say dictate how we say it?
How has communication changed through the development of technology?
In this programme, students explore the development of communications technology in the Navy. Students become Sigs and Sparkers (Navy Communicators) and experiment with different methods of communication such as Morse code, signal flags, semaphore and radio. They try their hands at deciphering and writing code.
They consider issues such as: who else is listening; communicating understanding and misunderstanding; and communicating as a team.
Then they will think about communication in the context of their own lives. They will consider all the different ways they communicate and are communicated to every day.
The classroom programme can be followed by a museum tour.
Recommended ages: 8 – 13.
Students will demonstrate knowledge and understandings of:
- Some of the methods of communication used by the RNZN today and in history
- How technology has changed communications
- How different methods of communication deliver different messages
- Some of the many ways they communicate and are communicated to every day.
NZ Curriculum alignment
- Social Sciences – Continuity and Change
- Technology – Nature of Technology, Technical Knowledge
- Mathematics and Statistics – Geometry and Measurement
- The Arts – Drama