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iLabs: Super STEAM Class! Spy Chem of the American Revolution

June 3, 2015

TEACHERS, HOMESCHOOL PARENTS, FAMILIES – We have a whole new class this fall, just packed with STEAM-based curriculum correlations!  Okay, so maybe that doesn’t set your soul on fire…..or maybe it does, but let’s try this again:

How about this:

Enter the world of historical espionage and learn from an actual event, the Battle of New York, how Colonial spies used the principles of chemistry, and the subtleties of language to insure their messages got safely to the intended party. Learn also about the cultural views regarding spies, the evolution of the battle, and how General George Washington and his army barely escaped total destruction.

Okay, now let’s add this in.  The class will incorporate topics including: American History, American Cultural Attitudes, Geology, Chemistry, Biology, Mycology & Microbiology, all wrapped in the story of the Battle of New York – the first major battle of the Revolution, and the battle that nearly lost us the war before it even got started.

The class will be offered starting this fall, to grades 5-8, though older students are welcome. It is also offered weekdays to Homeschool groups of 8 or more, or to families and the public on a Thursday evening in the fall and next Spring. Dates and times for the public classes will be posted later this Summer as will the formal description for schools.

You’ll also get to make ink, write with a quill pen, reveal and decode invisible messages follow the course of the battle with a reproduction of the 1770 Ratzer map of New York, courtesy of the Brooklyn Historical Society, go through the battle with a  pile of toy soldiers, and oh yes, find out why we care about 2 fungal strains that would grow in Colonial ink.

So come join us this fall for a super STEAM class that will bring science, history and culture alive, and by the way, here’s a hint for some of the NC curriculum standards it will include:

5.P.2, 5.H.1, 5.H.2, 5.L.2, 6.L.2, 6.P.2, 6.H.2, 6.C.1, 7.L.1, 8.L.1, 8.P.1, 8.H.2

Thanks to The Biogen Foundation, whose generous support helps make our classes possible. Enjoy!

Spy Chem of the American Revolution Ratzer map reproduction showing the Battle of New York

Spy Chem of the American Revolution Ratzer map reproduction showing the Battle of New York

Plastic soldiers on the Ratzer Map of 1770 showing the progression of the Battle of New York

Plastic soldiers on the Ratzer Map of 1770 showing the progression of the Battle of New York

Flask of Colonial Ink solution with fungi growing in it

Flask of Colonial Ink solution with fungi growing in it

Closeup of the 2 species of fungi that would grow in Colonial ink, and why we care

Closeup of the 2 species of fungi that would grow in Colonial ink, and why we care

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