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Lesson: Mayan Calendar

800px-Chichen-Itza-Castillo-Seen-From-EastIn this lesson combining math, engineering, and history, students in grades 6-12 learn about the ancient calendar system used by the Maya of Central America. Students construct a simple model of a calendar round, learning about prime numbers and the mechanics of these ancient devices.

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Notable Hispanic Scientists and Engineers

Ellen Ochoa (Image from NASA)Contributors to American technological prowess include 1968 Nobel laureate Luis Walter Alvarez, Ellen Ochoa, the first Hispanic woman astronaut, who is now deputy director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center, and Dan Arvizu, who heads the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

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Resource: Da Vinci Traveling Exhibit

Da Vinci: The Genius Traveling ExhibitGrande Exhibitions and the Anthropos Association have created a traveling exhibit called Da Vinci: The Genius. The exhibit incorporates images by French Scientific Engineer Pascal Cotte and his 25 revelations on the Mona Lisa, reproductions of Leonardo’s codices and most famous renaissance art, a collection of anatomical sketches, the Anghiari Battle Preparatory Drawings, and animations in 3D/HD of The Last Supper, the Vitruvian Man, and the creation of the Mona Lisa and the Sforza Horse Sculpture. It also features an informative audio guide, student workshop areas, a theatre, and a retail shop for Leonardo Da Vinci merchandise.

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Images of Scientists, the Cosmos

Copyright-free images from the Smithsonian collection on Flickr. Sets include: Women in Science, Portraits of Scientists and Inventors, and images from the Chandra X-Ray Observatory.

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