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Teaching Resources

Cellphone Science

STEM Discipline

Cultural Anthropology

National Middle School Science Standards

Earth Science

National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies

Key Terms:

cultural anthropology, mobile technology, minerals, supply chain, recycling, materials engineering 

Key Concepts:

  • How mobile technology affects human culture
  • History and future of mobile technology
  • Minerals as nonrenewable resources
  • Global distribution of minerals for technology
  • Technology used by cultural anthropologists

Resource Types:

Associated Experts

The contents of your cell phone have global reach. Smithsonian photo by Joshua A. Bell.The contents of your cell phone have global reach. Smithsonian photo by Joshua A. Bell.
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RESOURCES ABOUT CELLPHONE SCIENCE

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NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS (NGSS)

The Cellphone Science teaching resources support students in meeting the following middle school NGSS Performance Expectations:

Earth Science

MS-ESS3

Earth and Human Activity
  • MS-ESS3-3Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
  • MS-ESS3-4Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth's systems.

NATIONAL CURRICULUM STANDARDS FOR SOCIAL STUDIES (NCSS)

The Cell Phone Science package aligns with the Social Studies standards themes listed below by offering a set of resources that integrate anthropology concepts with anthropology skills. 

Production, Distribution, and Consumption

  • People have wants that often exceed the limited resources available to them.

Science, Technology, and Society

  • Science, and its practical application, technology, have had a major influence on social and cultural change, and on the ways people interact with the world.

Global Connections

  • Global connections have intensified and accelerated the changes faced at the local, national and international levels.

People, Places, and Environments

  • The study of people, places, and environments enables us to understand the relationship between human populations and the physical world. 

All Q?rius Resources for These Standards

MS-ESS3

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medium shot of anthropologist Dr. Joshua A. Bell at a table with a blue cloth and cell phones on it. His hands are open.
Joshua A. Bell
Cultural Anthropologist and Curator of Globalization
Geologist Dr. Michael Wise in a white t-shirt leaning against a rock surface.
Michael Wise
Geologist

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