Lesson 1.5

Rules of Communication


After the Russians launched SPUTNIK into space, the United States government started a research group known as the Advanced Research Projects Agency, or ARPA. Their primary job was to come up with ideas that could make the United States competitive with the Soviet Union. But even though they had nearly two billion dollars to work with, the most intelligent minds of ARPA could not come up with anything. At least not in such a short time. So United States government gave a big portion of that money to a new group that became known as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, or NASA.

So what happened to ARPA? Turns out, they built something that would surpass even the greatest achievements of NASA. ARPA would eventually build the Internet. But before they could build the Internet, they had to sit down and figure out how one computer might talk with another computer. They thought about human communication and then applied that to computers to build something they called a network.

LEARNING GOAL #1: The Basics of Web History

Students will understand how the Internet evolved from a classified government research project into a world wide resource with the help of highly educated teachers and students.


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