CHW 3M: Amazing Chain/Feats of Engineering

Next week, we launch our bit in the Amazing Chain of Contraptions. We have several tools at our disposal: the physical universe and its applicable laws MinecraftEdu (not quite as powerful as the universe, but progammable/customizable, so…) Microbits Your brains, Fezzik’s strength, my steel. (sorry…Princess Bride reference) Today, everyone needs to find a major feat…

CHW 3M: In the Shadow of Augustus..

Rome’s greatest emperor wasn’t really an emperor. Augustus ruled like an emperor, certainly, but he was technically the Princeps Civitatis (first citizen) and Pontifex Maximus (high priest), not the ruler of an empire. And yet, every emperor that followed him lived, to some extent, in his shadow. Today, you will choose one emperor from the list…

CHW 3M: The Power of Curiosity

According to a recent study, being curious about things (even boring things) makes your brain establish more permanent connections. The parts of your brain that control pleasure and reward respond differently to the information, making it easier for you to recall it later on:     “Say you’re watching the Breaking Bad finale,” (researcher) Charan…

CHW 3M: The Legacy of Greece

Today, I am going to use our projector in a very unusual way.  When you see it, try not to think “projector”; instead, think “source of light in an allegorical cave that perfectly illustrates Plato’s understanding of reality.” Who is Plato, you ask? How about Socrates? Aristotle? According to this guy, they weren’t very bright. In…

CHW 3M: One City to Rule Them All

So, yesterday you found out everything you could about your city/state (either Athens or Sparta). You should be proud of everything your city has accomplished; lesser cities envy (and fear) your power. Unfortunately, there is one city that won’t give yours its due. Don’t know which one? I’ll give you a hint: its representatives are…

CHW 3M: A Society of Thinkers, A Society of Warriors

Today, you will learn more about the differences between Athens and Sparta.  Let’s begin by examining the upbringing of a Spartan boy; in your notes, please track the important ages in a Spartan boy’s life, and include some of the strange practices designed to toughen these boys for war. Next, let’s look at this video…

CHW 3M: Founding Your Own State

Today, we will form our own city/state. Or, more accurately, we will form two city/states: You will be divided in half and give you exactly 20 minutes to create yours. In these 20 minutes, your group must decide the following: the name of your city/state three key virtues that you want every inhabitant of your city…