Who was Archimedes?
Archimedes lived in Ancient Greece over 2000 years ago. He was a mathematician, scientist, inventor and engineer. He is perhaps best known for his eponymous screw, an innovative device for pumping water that is still in use today. One day while taking a bath, so the story goes, Archimedes noticed that when he sat down, the water level rose and spilled over the sides. In this “eureka moment,” Archimedes understood that he could measure his body’s volume by measuring the volume of the spilled water, the so-called “water displacement method.”
WHAT IS KID ARCHIMEDES?
Kid Archimedes introduces elementary-aged children to science and engineering through hands on, creative projects that delight and instruct. Students in pre-K and Kindergarten experience large-scale construction and life-sized creative play with materials (e.g., cardboard boxes, multicolored PVC, hollow wood blocks, giant LEGOs) that are fun to pick up, play and build with. Older elementary students tinker and build in longer term projects using common materials and simple tools to build something uncommonly creative. For example, in our rocket unit, students build a variety of simple air-launched rockets and discover along the way the best combination of variables (rocket length, fin shape and size, etc.) for a rocket that will truly soar! In the engineering design process, children learn, “If it doesn’t work, fix it; if it works, improve it!”