Is Roman architecture a lesson in your child's school?

Engineering is the application of knowledge in the form of science, mathematics, and empirical evidence, to the innovation, design, construction, operation and maintenance of structures, machines, materials, software, devices, systems, processes, and organizations.

We LOVE engineering. The application of knowledge. Is there anything more exciting than using what you know to solve a problem or test a theory or improve something? Anyhoo…here’s an example for our younger children.

The Roman arch was the foundation of Rome's architectural mastery and massive expanse of building projects across the ancient world. It allowed the Romans to make bigger buildings, longer roads, and better aqueducts. It’s also a big favourite in the Montessori casa (ages 3-6) classroom.

It’s really a perfect example of the multi purpose aspects of the lessons in our schools: an introduction to Roman history, architecture, gravity, physics, the principles of the keystone, and the form and function of the arch, to build the arch requires concentration, use of fine motor skills, and requires the learner to follow instructions and problem solve. The final breath holding moment when the building supports are removed and the arch stands (or falls) is pure satisfaction.

How’s that for STEM education?

Anne Smith