Templeton Middle School sixth-graders recently studied ancient technologies as a part of their social studies unit on ancient Egypt. Students used Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) based curriculum to study the impact that technology had on ancient Egyptian life. Students were challenged to research, design and develop a working “shaduf,” which is ancient Egyptian water-lifting technology used for irrigating crops. This technology is still used in developing parts of the world.
The project was the result of collaboration between technology and engineering teacher Shannon Flaherty and sixth grade social studies teacher Cathy Kaiser. Integration between social studies and technology and engineering allowed students to experience firsthand the challenges ancient civilizations were able to solve using math, science and technology.
The project reflects the Hamilton School District’s emphasis on collaborative 21st century learning across content areas.