What happened to all of the shoemakers? This expedition begins with an exploration of the lasting machine, a symbolic beginning to the advancement of the shoemaking industry. Throughout this expedition, students will look at other inventions of the early 1900’s to examine the benefits and potential consequences of these items in the home. Using authentic photographs taken from cameras, another technological advancement of this time period, students will learn how to “read a photograph” while exploring inventions that look different from what we have in our households today. First graders will also learn the art of photography and learn how to take quality photographs of their present-day invention counterparts. Using the camera and photographs as a “lens” (pun intended) into the past, first graders will also learn about high quality designs and become designers themselves as they create a book about items from long ago and today as well as learn how to make a “book light” that will accompany their final product. Exhibition Night will showcase their inventions by bringing their book “to life” in a performance where the students become these photographs of the past.