Preparing Boys for Life

Ancient Egypt Museum showcases design thinking and tech skills

Third-graders took an innovative twist on the study of ancient times in this year’s Ancient Egypt Museum. The event incorporated design thinking and coding, including a virtual version of the on-site museum that was visited by other Lower School students and parents. Third-graders also completed skits on mummification, pyramid building, and daily Egyptian life.

The boys followed the LAUNCH process of design thinking to create their own artifact, which they displayed at the museum. Artifacts included replicas of Egyptian gods and goddesses like Bastet and Anubis, ancient games and trade items, as well as tools used in mummification, such as the Book of the Dead. These prayers and spells protected the deceased on their journey to the afterlife.

Design thinking lets students tap into their creativity and who they are as a maker. Our boys did a wonderful job demonstrating – in very creative ways – how artifacts represent the culture of a civilization. Kate Thorburn, third grade teacher

“Design thinking lets students tap into their creativity and who they are as a maker,” said Kate Thorburn, third-grade teacher. “The students engaged in the design thinking process first through Look, Listen, and Learn: they visited museums online, learned from experts at the Penn Museum, and researched an artifact of their choosing. They then experimented with several different prototypes to create their own artifact. Our boys did a wonderful job demonstrating – in very creative ways – how artifacts represent the culture of a civilization.”

To infuse technology into the lesson, students created a webpage with an image and description of their artifact. Parents could access the webpage for each artifact via a QR code, and also hear directly from each student about his artifact.

In one of the skits, the boys demonstrated the mummification process after researching embalming tools on loan from the Penn Museum and learning how to clean and prepare the body for its final resting place in a stone sarcophagus. In pyramid building, the boys recreated limestone bricks and a cargo boat to demonstrate the construction process, while in their exploration of daily life they recreated an Ancient Egyptian marketplace depicting various trades and crafts. Boys dressed for the occasion, making their own papyrus sandals, jewelry, and Egyptian garb.

Get a glimpse of the Ancient Egypt Fair online, broadcast by Main Line Parent on their Facebook page. You can also see it at facebook.com/haverfordschool.

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