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In this unit study, learners will:

  • Explore the historical significance of water infrastructure through engaging sessions in the History Makers Society.

  • Investigate the scientific principles underlying water technology, including the engineering marvels of aqueducts and the natural contributions of beaver dams.

  • Participate in hands-on activities such as building model aqueducts and designing comic strips depicting water-related narratives.

  • Gain insight into the artistic expressions of water through the works of Leonardo da Vinci and Roy Lichtenstein, fostering creativity in individual art projects.

  • Engage in water play activities, such as experiments with water flow and buoyancy, to understand key concepts in fluid dynamics.

  • Stay active and engaged through movement activities like water-themed yoga sessions and outdoor water games.

  • Collaborate with peers to explore diverse perspectives on the importance of water infrastructure in sustaining communities and ecosystems.

  • Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills by analyzing the historical, scientific, and artistic aspects of water technology and infrastructure.

Robin Brooks Art Raising Brain
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Raising Brain Aqueducts

Day 1: Water Wonders - Exploring Leonardo da Vinci and Water Technology


History Makers Society Session:

  • Introduction to Marcus Vitruvius Pollio and his contributions to water infrastructure during ancient times.

  • Discuss how aspects of his works influenced sanitation practices in the future.


Science Exploration Session:

  • Study Leonardo da Vinci's studies of water.

  • Engage in the Da Vinci's Bridge STEM Challenge using popsicle sticks to understand engineering principles related to water.


Art Project:

  • Learn about Leonardo da Vinci's studies of water.

  • Create individual water study sketches or paintings inspired by da Vinci's work.


Day 2: Water Wonders - Aqueducts and Engineering Marvels


History Makers Society Session:

  • Recap Marcus Vitruvius Pollio's contributions.

  • Introduce the concept of aqueducts and their significance in water infrastructure.


Science Exploration Session:

  • Learn about the engineering behind aqueducts.

  • Engage in a hands-on activity to design and construct a model aqueduct.


Art Project:

  • Study collage artist Robin Brooks' works as inspiration.

  • Create collage art pieces depicting scenes related to water and it’s movement.

Day 3: Water Wonders - Nature's Contribution to Water Infrastructure

History Makers Society Session:

  • ​Learn about Lewis Henry Morgan, a railroad director from the mid 1800s, and how he published a 396-page beaver bible: "The American Beaver and His Works." 

  • We will look at his maps and see how they show beaver dams still standing from 150 years ago.  


Science Exploration Session:

  • Research the importance of beaver dams to ecosystems.

  • Discuss how beaver dams can inspire human-designed water infrastructure.


Art Project:

  • Learners will explore Roy Lichtenstein's iconic comic-style artwork and dive into the use of onomatopoeia in visual storytelling. They will then have the opportunity to unleash their creativity by crafting a comic narrative depicting a beaver constructing a dam, utilizing either digital art tools or traditional materials available.

  • Use creative illustrations to depict the process and significance of beaver dams in water management.


Throughout the curriculum, learners will explore the historical, scientific, and artistic aspects of water technology and infrastructure, connecting them to real-world applications and natural phenomena.


The above topics provide a general scope for our unit study, serving as a foundation for our exploration of water wonders. However, we aim to foster a broader learning experience by empowering learners to choose their own paths of research and project-based learning. By encouraging individual interests and inquiries, we enhance engagement and encourage deeper exploration of the diverse aspects of water technology, movement, and infrastructure. Throughout the unit study learners will have the opportunity to explore additional activities within the topic in a way that is most comfortable and engaging for them.

*Curriculum developed by Raising Brain, LLC


*Sunscreen, clothes appropriate for water play should they decide to get wet, as well as a change of clothes and a towel. 

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