Excited discussions of “false passages” and “queen’s chambers” echoed around the engineering classroom last week as first grade students began to build interiors of their Egyptian pyramids. Under the guidance of engineering subject expert Ms. Hagan, students began to create their own interiors after learning for weeks about ancient Egyptian history and the unique structures intricately linked to that civilization. Ms. Hagan had worked closely with the first grade learning environment teachers, particularly Ms. Gifford, and humanities instructor Ms. Lavely to develop the student project.
Just recently, BASIS Independent Brooklyn sixth grade students were challenged by our newest Visual Arts faculty member, Mr. Opirhory, to step into the shoes of Neolithic humans. Students broke into teams and began exploring design elements of Neolithic structures using only materials available at the time. The project fell on the heels of their History unit on early river civilizations. The idea was to make connections across classes and bring to life the challenges communities faced moving from nomadic life in the Paleolithic Era to agricultural living in stationary structures in the Neolithic.
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