Innovation Through the Ages – Friday

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Innovation Through the Ages – Friday

Today in Innovation Through the Ages…….students studied Leonardo Da Vinci’s 3D shapes and other 3D innovations and then created a collaborative 3D form –a dodecahedron – made by the entire group. In Engineering, student groups each decided on an innovation that they believe contributed the most to humanity, they researched its history, designed and built a model of it, and created a brief power point detailing the history of the innovation and their process. Each group then had a turn presenting to the class. Models included penicillin, the wheel, water filtration systems, and sewage systems.


Ask your student what a dodecahedron is (a three-dimensional shape having twelve plane faces, in particular a regular solid figure with twelve equal pentagonal faces).



Innovation Through the Ages – Thursday

Innovation Through the Ages – Thursday

Today in Innovation Through the Ages…….students reviewed the history of rocketry and propulsion, rocket design and function, and chemical reactions. They then designed, built, and launched vinegar and baking soda-powered rockets! They also learned about the development of the printing press, and then created drawings inspired by their notes and observations during the week. They then transferred their drawings onto Styrofoam plates and created prints.


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Innovation Through the Ages – Wednesday: Siege Machines

Innovation Through the Ages – Wednesday: Siege Machines

Today in Innovation Through the Ages…..students began their exploration of the science of light and photography by making their own camera obscura out of paper. They also tested their own ability to see color and tried some color-correcting glasses to see if they improved their color vision, and then split light into its color parts using prisms and lenses!

In Engineering, students were challenged to research, design, build, test, and then present a siege machine— a device that is designed to break or circumvent heavy castle doors, thick city walls or other fortifications in siege warfare. Our students came up with some fantastic designs, some that actually worked!

Ask your student to define/explain a camera obscura (a dark box (or even a very dark room) with a very small hole in one wall that lets in light. Directly across from the hole the image from the outside world will be projected onto the wall upside down)



Innovation Through the Ages: Tuesday

Innovation Through the Ages: Tuesday

Today in Innovation Through the Ages, students learned about the innovation of aqueducts and how they helped transform the Roman Empire. Then, students were challenged to engineer and construct their own aqueduct that included a covered trench and an arcade, and delivered water from point “a” (the bottle) to the inhabitants of “Aqueductis” at point “c.”

In art and design, students explored the principle of proportion and as it relates to daVinci’s Vetruvian Man. They then measured distances on their own body to see how their proportions. They also examined the Fibonacci sequence and explored where this code is embedded in nature, from the bracts of a pinecone to the scales of a pineapple.

Ask your students the purpose of the arcade element in an aqueduct!

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Innovation Through the Ages – Monday: Mummification

Innovation Through the Ages – Monday: Mummification

Today in Innovation Through the Ages, students made their own perspectograph, a machine invented by Leondardo da Vinci to help artists design a replica of the scene they wanted to paint in proper perspective. The students then took their machines to different points in the building and used them to draw what they were looking at in perspective. Students also learned about mummification and tried there hand at the ancient process on chicken legs!

Ask your students what is needed to make a proper mummification mixture!