Cross-Curricular Lessons Exploring Cultural Heritage
CyArk is building an online library of 3D models of the world’s cultural heritage sites, accompanied by a collection of free cross-curricular lesson plans. For example, Lesson 1 in the CyArk collection engages students in using 3D archaeological data to build scale models of a Mayan pyramid with sugar cubes. Students then conduct an experiment on erosion to learn about its effect on archaeological sites. Lessons 17–26 connect mathematics to Mount Rushmore with activities that relate to measurement, geometry, and algebra. Some of the activities are as simple as identifying shapes, while others are as complex as predicting when two cracks on the surface of Mount Rushmore might intersect over time. Some CyArk lessons are offered in both English and Spanish.
To raise awareness about sexual assault and harassment, a new organization called Stop Sexual Assault in Schools has launched #MeTooK12. The goal is to bring attention to the problem in the school environment in the same way the “Me Too” movement has exposed sexual misconduct in the professional and political realms.
At 10 years old, Marley Dias loved to read but hardly ever came across protagonists who looked like her, so she decided to do something about it. In November 2015, Dias launched the #1000BlackGirlBooks campaign to raise awareness about the lack of black girl characters and inspire young people to take action.