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Maya Astronomy and Mathematics—Yesterday and Today
This 75-minute teacher webinar will focus on the ways in which the Maya have used the Sun to track time for thousands of years. Ancestral calendars are relevant today to millions of Maya communities in Mesoamerica, who use their knowledge of astronomy and mathematics to time ceremonies and to plan their agricultural cycle. As the spring equinox approaches, we celebrate this vibrant culture through astronomy, agriculture, and mathematics. The content in the webinar will connect to the Living Maya Time online resource, featuring videos of solar alignments with ancestral pyramids and an interactive Maya math activity where students solve a mystery and obtain clues by practicing their Maya math skills while having fun. Dr. Isabel Hawkins (Astronomer) will lead the session and demonstrate a hands-on strategy for students to measure time and find the cardinal directions by tracking shadows using commonly available items from around the house.

Designed and recommended for teachers of upper elementary and middle school students (grades 5 – 8) in the subjects of history, social studies, and STEM.

Feb 22, 2021 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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