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Visit this site: http://mayaquest.classroom.com/

Author:Classroom Connect
Description: In February 1995, the MayaQuest team led by adventurer Dan Buettner embarked upon a wholly kid-directed bicycle expedition into the Maya world of Guatemala, Mexico, Belize and Honduras. The goal of the three-month expedition was to engage kids and their teachers to help unravel one of the greatest mysteries of all time: the collapse of the ancient Maya civilization. In doing so, the expedition provided a context to aid educators to teach about ancient civilizations, math, science, geography, art, architecture, and the links between the Maya and present day civilizations. Laptop computers and satellite equipment linked the cyclists to schools and homes where kids interacted daily with the team and Mayan specialists at archeological sites. Through the students' inquiries and research, kids guided the expedition in search of clues of why the classic Maya civilization disappeared. MayaQuest was again active in spring of 1998, when the team sent news, information, and difficult dilemmas from remote camps in the rainforest.

Levels: Elementary, Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)
Languages: English
Resource Types: Internet-Based Projects
Math Topics: History and Biography
Math Ed Topics: Interdisciplinary/Thematic Studies

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