I just returned from our inaugural 6th Grade field trip to England. While the purpose of the trip was World History and Social Studies, to me it was also about technology. It is no coincidence that the expansion of the British Empire paralleled their technology advances of the day.
While visiting the legendary HMS Warrior, it became clear why the British had naval superiority at that time. Technology. The design and construction, the navigation systems, the weapons systems, and the propulsion systems were ahead of anyone else at the time.
The Prime Meridian is in England. The chronometer and octant are credited to English inventors, just to mention a few technology advances.
The Industrial Revolution began in England.
The students were treated to some amazing sights, history, and culture.
Here is a slide show of some images I took during the trip.