Today I had my students participate in a wonderful presentation through CILC or Center for Interative Learning and Collaboration. I signed my geometry class up for the "Ancient Egypt: Proportion, Symmetry and Size" from the Milwaukee Public Museum and it was awesome.
The students learned about the 1/3, 1/3, 1/3 body ratio that is still used today. They learned that a royal cubit was the length of the ruler's arm from elbow to the tip of the middle finger and changed every time a new Pharaoh came into power. They learned about the Egyptian idea of perfection, perfection and symmetry in art, buildings, etc. The war between Upper Egypt and Lower Egypt. I learned so much from this. Everything that was shown or talked about in this presentation always came back to proportion, symmetry or size.
I have four more on request over the next month or two so we'll see how they go.