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Using 3-D archaeological data students will build scale models of a Mayan pyramid using sugar cubes. Using the sugar cube pyramids, students will then conduct an experiment on erosion to learn about its affect on archaeological sites. Who said science can't be sweet?

Grades: 5, 6, 7
Subjects: Social Studies, World History, Mathematics, Physical Science, Maya Civilization
Duration: Two 45 minute class periods
Activity Type: Student activity
Related Projects: Tikal

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How could global warming affect our cities and monuments? Using an online, interactive map and a hands-on activity, students will investigate the potential effect of rising sea levels caused by global warming.

Grades: 3, 4, 5, 6
Subjects: Physical Science, Earth Science, Geography, Current Events
Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Activity Type: Student activity

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Take a virtual field trip! Students will create a virtual tour or create a digital travel brochure of a historical site. Students will narrate their tour using the power of their voice and media from CyArk's website.

Grades: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Subjects: History, Social Studies, Geography, Creative Writing
Duration: Three to four 45 minute classroom sessions
Activity Type: Student Project
Related Projects: Pompeii

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Everyone has a story to tell! Students will write their own fictional story about a person living in a historical period and then create a digital story using pictures, videos, and other multimedia.

Grades: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Subjects: Language Arts, Creative Writing, Social Studies, Educational Technology, Maya Civilization
Duration: Four to seven 45 minute classroom sessions
Activity Type: Student Project
Related Projects: Tikal

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Students play the role of surveyors by drawing a scale map of a building on campus. Students will then use scale to measure historical buildings and measure their school in Google Maps.

Grades: 4, 5, 6
Subjects: Mathematics, American History, Geography
Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Activity Type: Student activity

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Ready to go on a virtual scavenger hunt? Using the maps on the CyArk website students will use the clues to complete a scavenger hunt at Pompeii, Ancient Thebes, and Deadwood USA.

Grades: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Subjects: History, Social Studies, Geography, Roman Civilization, American History, Ancient Egyptian Civilization
Duration: 45 minutes
Activity Type: Student Activity

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Students create their own map in Google My Maps and place photos and videos on the maps for their mapping projects.

Grades: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Subjects: History, Social Studies, Geography
Duration: Two 45 minute classroom sessions
Activity Type: Student Project

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Students will use point cloud elevations of the San Antonio Missions as the background for creating architectural line drawings. Students will learn the basic commands and conventions of computer aided drafting and will practice creating the components of a professional architectural drawing.

Grades: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Subjects: Architectural Design, Architectural Principals, Architectural Drafting
Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Activity Type: Student Activity
Related Projects: San Antonio Missions

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Students will use materials created through the San Antonio Missions Digital Preservation Project, which are available on CyArk’s website, to create a presentation on one of the missions. Students will learn about the selected mission’s history and architecture, and will share what they have learned by giving an architectural presentation.

Grades: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Subjects: Architectural Design, Architectural Principals, Sociology, Speech
Duration: Three to four 1 hour and 30 minute class periods
Activity Type: Student Activity
Related Projects: San Antonio Missions

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Students will select and study two heritage sites in CyArk’s digital archive. Students will then compose an essay comparing and contrasting the history, culture, and/or architecture of the two heritage sites selected.

Grades: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Subjects: English Composition, World History, Architectural History
Duration: Three 45 minute class periods
Activity Type: Student Activity
Related Projects: San Antonio Missions

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Students will use a perspective view of the photo-textured point cloud data for Mission San Jose, of the San Antonio Missions, as the background for constructing a perspective drawing.

Grades: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Subjects: Architectural Drawing, Art
Duration: One 45 minute class period
Activity Type: Student Activity
Related Projects: San Antonio Missions

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Students will explore the heritage sites in CyArk’s digital archive and select their favorite site. Students will then use the information and material available in CyArk’s digital archive to practice creating a professional portfolio.

Grades: 10, 11, 12
Subjects: Architectural Design, Graphic Design, Art
Duration: Variable
Activity Type: Student Activity
Related Projects: San Antonio Missions

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Students learn about important aspects of Hopi culture and history through a study of Hopi clan symbols found in Tutuveni. A field trip to Tutuveni and Dawa Park, along with printable activities (online version available as well) allow students to gain in-depth understanding of the topic.

Grades: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Subjects: History, Social Studies, Language Arts, Mathematics, Educational Technology
Duration: Three to four 45 minute classroom sessions (plus an optional field trip activity)
Activity Type: Student Activity
Related Projects: Hopi Petroglyph Sites

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Students learn about the History of Tutuveni as an important stop along the sacred Hopi Salt Trail Pilgrimage. Through a field trip activity and research utilizing selected articles and the CyArk Hopi Petroglyph Sites portal, students gather information to be able to prepare a formal presentation.

Grades: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Subjects: History, Social Studies, Language Arts, Creative Writing, Mathematics, Educational Technology
Duration: Three to four 45 minute classroom sessions (plus an optional field trip activity)
Activity Type: Student Project
Related Projects: Hopi Petroglyph Sites

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Students learn about Hopi sites including Tutuveni and Dawa Park through a field trip activity and research through selected articles and the CyArk Hopi Petroglyph Sites portal. With the information gathered, students prepare a formal presentation concerning the issues of vandalism, deterioration, and preservation at Tutuveni and other Hopi sites.

Grades: 7, 8, 9, 10 ,11, 12
Subjects: History, Social Studies, Language Arts, Creative Writing, Educational Technology
Duration: Three to four 45 minute classroom sessions (plus an optional field trip activity)
Activity Type: Student Project
Related Projects: Hopi Petroglyph Sites

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Students learn how to use photography and free 3D modeling software from Autodesk to create a 3D digital model of their own head or any simple objects at home. Students can take their 3D model further by creating a 2D architectural drawing, just like the drawings that CyArk created for Mount Rushmore. The tutorial document should be opened in Adobe Reader, which can be downloaded for free here.

Grades: 6-12
Subjects: Technology, Photography, 3D Modeling, Architectural Drawing
Duration: Two three-hour sessions
Activity Type: Computer-aided Project
Related Projects: Mount Rushmore National Memorial

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Find simple geometric shapes in objects around them. Students will practice identifying and correctly naming geometric shapes within Mount Rushmore. Students should already be familiar with geometric shapes and their names.

Grades: K,1,2
Subjects: Geometry
Duration: Two to five 50-minute sessions
Activity Type: Student Activity
Related Projects: Mount Rushmore National Memorial

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Understand that more complex shapes can be partitioned into smaller, simpler, geometric shapes. Learner will be able to understand the concept of grids and symmetry, and be able to use them to make basic or more advanced area calculations.

Grades: 3,4,5
Subjects: Geometry, Algebra, Measurement and Data
Duration: About five 50-minute sessions
Activity Type: Student Activity
Related Projects: Mount Rushmore National Memorial

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Recognize shapes in Mount Rushmore, whether it’s 2D shapes through a series of 2D drawings, or 3D shapes through measurable PDF’s of the 3D model of Mount Rushmore. Use geometric formulas to calculate the volumes of these shapes based on scaled representations. Effectively use understanding of scale to translate these calculations to life-size.

Grades: 6,7,8
Subjects: Geometry, Algebra, Measurement and Data
Duration: Five to seven 50-minute sessions
Activity Type: Student Activity
Related Projects: Mount Rushmore National Memorial

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Calculate the weight of Mount Rushmore. Start by calculating the volume using cross sections of the model. Use density of stone to finally arrive at a rough estimate of the weight. Finally, calculate when two cracks on the surface of the sculpture would intersect over time.

Grades: 9,10,11,12
Subjects: Geometry, Algebra, Measurement and Data
Duration: Five to seven 50-minute sessions
Activity Type: Student Activity
Related Projects: Mount Rushmore National Memorial

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Find simple geometric shapes in objects around them. Students will practice identifying and correctly naming geometric shapes within Mount Rushmore. Students will learn about the marks that carving tools make. Students will also learn about the processes of rock removal at Mount Rushmore and why the different tools were used at each point of the process.

Grades: K,1,2
Subjects: Visual Arts
Duration: One to two 45-minute sessions
Activity Type: Student Activity
Related Projects: Mount Rushmore National Memorial

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Learn about the marks that carving tools make. Students will learn about the processes of rock removal at Mount Rushmore and understand why the different tools were used at each point of the process.

Grades: 3,4,5
Subjects: Visual Arts
Duration: One to two 50-minute sessions
Activity Type: Student Activity
Related Projects: Mount Rushmore National Memorial

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Recreate the Mount Rushmore sculpture with accuracy in mind but using non-traditional sculpture materials. Use drawings and 3D content to get an understanding of the 3-dimensional volumes of the model for accuracy.

Grades: 6,7,8
Subjects: Visual Arts
Duration: Five to seven 50-minute sessions
Activity Type: Student Project
Related Projects: Mount Rushmore National Memorial

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Utilize resources available in the art classroom to recreate the Mount Rushmore Sculpture, or design their own version, where they chose the four figures from history they feel should be represented by the monumental sculpture. Students will present their final art piece to the classroom with a persuasive argument for their choices of the figures.

Grades: 9,10,11,12
Subjects: Visual Arts
Duration: Five to seven 50-minute sessions
Activity Type: Student Project
Related Projects: Mount Rushmore National Memorial

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Learn about the various preservation concerns at Mount Rushmore. By learning to recognize the various types of rocks found in Mount Rushmore and their different characteristics and varying rates of erosion, students will be able to understand the complexity of caring for a monument like Mount Rushmore.

Grades: 6,7,8
Subjects: Geology/Physical Science
Duration: Two to three 50-minute sessions
Activity Type: Student Activity
Related Projects: Mount Rushmore National Memorial

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Construct a topographic model of Mount Rushmore. After the model is completed, students use concepts of scale and proportion (similarity concept in math) to calculate the scale of their model by comparing to real-life measurements.

Grades: 9,10,11,12
Subjects: Geometry
Duration: Five to seven 50-minute sessions
Activity Type: Student Activity
Related Projects: Mount Rushmore National Memorial

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Students begin with a web-based fact hunt to learn about the site and El Castillo. Students are then grouped into teams and are tasked with building a scale model of El Castillo.

Grades: 9,10,11,12
Subjects: Visual Arts, 3D Design, Architecture, Landscape Design, Mechanical Drafting, Computer Aided Drafting (CAD), Understanding Scale, GIS Technology, Construction, Earth Sciences, Geometry, Mathematics, Multiculturalism, Ancient History
Duration: 4 weeks (1hr per day)
Activity Type: Student Project
Related Projects: Chichén Itzá

Now that you have explored the San Antonio Missions, this three-part educational activity provides a fun way to learn more about the history, architecture, and natural landscape of the San Antonio Missions.

The activity begins with a virtual scavenger hunt at Mission San José. You will earn points each time you find an item on the scavenger hunt list. Once you have completed the scavenger hunt, you will have the opportunity to earn bonus points by solving puzzles of architectural elements found at the San Antonio Missions. When you have mastered the puzzles you will have one last challenge with a quiz to test your knowledge on what you have learned in this game. Answer all of the questions correctly and you may have a chance to achieve the highest ranking score!

Before you begin, please make sure that you are using an internet browser that will support all of the new and exciting features in this activity. Compatible internet browsers include Firefox 2+, Chrome 4+, Safari 4+, and Internet Explorer 9 (Internet Explorer 8 will not support all features of this activity). Please also make sure that you have installed the Google Earth 6 Plug-in to enable Google Earth within your browser.

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Related Projects: San Antonio Missions

This is a two-part game in which you will learn about the many clan symbols of the Hopi Petroglyph site, Tutuveni. You will begin the game with a 3D scavenger hunt at Boulder 48 where you will identify the clan symbols along all of its faces. Once you have completed the scavenger hunt, you will test your knowledge on what you have learned in a matching quiz. Answer all of the questions correctly and you may have a chance to achieve the highest ranking score!

Subjects: Do we want these similar attributes for the educational activities ....
Related Projects: Hopi Petroglyph Sites

This is a fun, two-part game in which you will learn about the many clan symbols of the Hopi Petroglyph site, Tutuveni. You will begin the game with a 3D scavenger hunt at Boulder 48 where you will identify eight clan symbols along all of its faces. Once you have completed the scavenger hunt, you will test your knowledge on what you have learned in a matching quiz. Answer all of the questions correctly and you may have a chance to achieve the highest ranking score!

Subjects: Do we want these similar attributes for the educational activities ....
Related Projects: Hopi Petroglyph Sites

This is a three-part game in which you will learn about the Archaeological Resources Protection Act (ARPA) and vandalism at Tutuveni. You will begin the game with three puzzles of severely vandalized boulders. Once you have completed the puzzles, you will test your knowledge on what you have learned about ARPA.

Before you begin, please make sure that you are using an internet browser that will support all of the new and exciting features in this activity. Compatible internet browsers include Firefox 2+, Chrome 4+, Safari 4+, and Internet Explorer 9 (Internet Explorer 8 will not support all features of this activity).

Subjects: Do we want these similar attributes for the educational activities ....
Related Projects: Hopi Petroglyph Sites