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The Middle Ages in Motionl

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establish core interdisciplinary teams of 3-4 teachers in each of three school districts or regions, including teachers from math, physics, and technology (e.g. engineering, drafting, carpentry), who will meet throughout the school-year to plan and implement development of the model trebuchet to be designed and built with their students.

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extend the interdisciplinary approach and impact of the project by involving drafting, history, and art teachers in each school in key components of the project, e.g. providing construction plans, exploring social/historical issues and implications, and developing creative target designs.

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provide training and technical assistance--through a College-led team of construction, engineering, math, physics, and history faculty--that will lead to an understanding of the fundamentals needed to complete three successful "siege machines," as indicated by their successful launching in an end-of-year community event.

Positive performance indicators will include:

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the extent to which we meet our goal of involving a minimum of 6 teachers (across the curriculum) in each of five schools in a successful process of planning, investigation, creation, and self-reflection through a sustained interdisciplinary project

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the completion of 3 functioning model trebuchets, displayed in a community event that promotes and recognizes student and teacher achievement

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quality products for dissemination, including team portfolios, journals, and process evaluations that demonstrate the projectís relevance to Curriculum Frameworks in math, science, technology, history , and art

 

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