I.C R. Giovagnoli, Monterotondo, Italy
Celebrating the Erasmus+ day-Poster
THE UNIVERSE IN A TUBE
September ’17 activity at Italian Primary School
Light, dark and shadows
Do you know Talete di Mileto? He was an anciet Greek philosopher, matematician and astronomer. He observed the sky and discovered many things about Astronomy, he calculated the duration of the year and timings of equinoxes and solstices.
As Talete the students observed the world around: they recorded observations of the Sun’s apparent motion or path using shadows landmarks as a basis for their recordings during daytime.
Students also read myths about equinox and time: the myth of Demetra and Persephone, and the story of Cronos. Many artistic products have been made with different technicians and on different materials, the students have used the technique of “chiaroscuro”.
September ’17 activity at Italian School
September’17 activity photo gallery
September ’17 Power Point Activity
October ’17 activity at Italian Primary School
A month after the Autumn equinox
The students measured again shadows using landmarks at the same times of the same day for three times: the shadows now are shortened and joining with a line the three points that delimit the landmarks shadows, it has become more curved than before.
In this way pupils have become aware of the apparent motion of the Sun and the Earth’revolution.
Moving shadows on PhotoPeach https://photopeach.com/embed/14ekxwb
October’17 activity photo gallery
November’17 activity at Italian Primary School
The students of 5° grade discover the electrostatic energy and the electric current; how the atom is formed, what protons and electrons are; chemical and photovoltaic elements of the current. They build a stack and, in the next workshop they will understand how a photovoltaic panel works approaching the solar system.
Steam activity on PhotoPeach https://photopeach.com/embed/19d4v8i
November’17 activity photo gallery
Logo Contest at Secondary School
Secondary School Logo Contest Photo Gallery
December ’17 activity at Italian Primary School
THE UNIVERSE IN A TUBE
On December 21st, students measured the shadow cast by the Sun on the ground, several times a day for one more time.
The shadow has moved and made a rather obvious curve with respect to the autumn equinox .… so, the Earth moves!
Winter Solstice Photo Gallery
We have been studying the Sun. Here we observe it using the tools invented by grandfather Giulio, the small obscured telescopes.
The Sun Photo Gallery
January ’18 activity at Italian Primary School
Light is one of the strand units in Energy, so children are encouraged to become aware of aspects of light such as night and day, shadows and colour.
- Children investigate light in many aspects.
- They break white light into the colours of the spectrum and discover how it interacts with different materials.
- They learn about light energy and become aware of the dangers of excessive sunlight.
- They investigate the reflection of light and start to investigate what happens when light travels through transparent materials.
- Finally, children can make light shades, model periscopes and telescopes. This is great fun!
- Have a look!!! https://youtu.be/0rCwoXCk8WU
February ’18 activity at Italian Primary School
Secondary school activity
Shadows, half light and darkness in the universe!
To see an object means to receive the light it transmits to our eyes. Light has so many properties and characteristics which we have discovered and experimented.
Shadows, half light and darkness in the universe, Google presentation
Have a look!!!!!
March ’18 activity at Italian Secondary School
Power point on the above activity
April’18 activity at Italian Secondary School
STEAM CAMP – THE UNIVERSE IN A TUBE – IN ROCCA DI CAVE
At noon the Sun is always due South in the Northern hemisphere. A combination of the Earths rotation around its own axis, and the Earth’s orbit around the Sun, cause the apparent motion of the Sun.
“Armilla”, is a simple teaching tool based on the construction of some rings of the “Armillary Sphere” (or Spherical Astrolabe, invented by Eratostene in 255 b.C), useful to show Sun’s path along the Ecliptic as a function of latitude ad date.
Students observe the motion of the Sun as it can be observed during the solstices and equinoxes at middle latitudes, as well as at Poles and Equator. For example, by setting summer solstice, students observe that in the North Pole the Sun never sets.
Students build an oriented Globe by acting on the inclination of Earth’s imaginary axis, with the aid a goniometer to fix the angle related to our latitude (about 42°N for Rome). The next step is to line the globe with north-south direction. This model explains the Circle of Illumination, showing the differences among the Countries during the year and season, the cities and Countries, where in a precise moment, is day or night. These can be indicated using toothpicks pieces fixed by some dough. The shadow of toothpicks works as gnomon, that changes its length as function of Longitude, where is shorter in the morning and afternoon, and Latitude where the shadows get shorter as we close to the Equator.
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May’18 activity at Italian Secondary School
On May 24th 2018, more than 300 students from Giovagnoli school, presented the STEAM project focused on:
“The Universe in a Tube”.
Parents, relatives and local school representatives visited our workshops: orientation, homothetic globe, the Sun, The Earth, the Moon, Planets, Constellations; observation measurements and experiments on the Solar System, forces and characteristics.
We are very proud of our pupils who presented themselves as THE MASTERS OF THE S.T.E.A.M. Project.
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2nd year of the STEAM Project in Italy
September ’18 activity at Italian Secondary School
S.T.E.A.M. L.T.T.A. MEETINGS FILMS