Sometimes our STEMulate Learning workshops are more free-form allowing participants to catch up and complete earlier projects. This past weekend was one such occasion, allowing exploration in new areas based on interest and current class projects.
Our local High School’s World History course is currently focusing on earlier civilizations, and I was able to provide some solid examples of architecture to take back to class. Many instructors were able to plan use for Roman and Greek architecture of early Europe and the Mediterranean using the Parthenon and Flavius dynastic Colosseum as examples for student project inspiration.
Two of our workshop partipants are interested in teaching about the Central American civilizations of the Incan, Aztec and Mayan cultures. The Mayan Chichen Itza structure provides an excellent inspiration for this class, as well as an introduction to the use of pyramidial durable construction in Central America, in Egypt for the pyramids and in the Mesopotamian ziggurats.
In the 1700’s and 1800’s many models of famous locations and architectural achievements were commissioned by the wealthy, as it was in vogue to collect such exhibits. Today, the potential exists for teachers and young learners to bring the same capability to their classrooms for pennies per model through 3D printing!