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Thinking Ahead

Nov 14, 2012

Did you know that the original computer mouse was made out of a wooden box and was the size of a large bar of soap? Or that the first public coin telephone was installed in 1889 inside a bank in Hartford, Connecticut? How about that music didn’t become truly portable until 1954, when tiny transistors replaced large vacuum tubes in radios?

The world of technology is moving so fast that sometimes we forget to look back. That’s why our series of Design the Future Print & Plays takes a closer look at three devices that have become an integral part of our modern lives: the computer, the phone, and the music player.

Just print out each booklet and get a brief history of a few of the things that we now take for granted. What happened in the past often inspires the future—so think ahead and add your own ideas of where all these developments are taking us. Girl Scouts are always looking for ways to make the world a better place. Who knows? You just might invent the next big thing!