Dr. Protano’s Global I students have completed a large scale model of the Nile River Valley. The model includes a functional irrigation system, a live ecosystem, and replicas of peasant houses from ancient Egypt. The students created the model in our Fabrication Lab using their chromebooks for research and the laser cutter and 3D printer for the model.
Irrigation systems in ancient civilizations allowed for a large number of people to live together, produce large harvest, and have spare time to build pyramids and cities. The students are writing captions that explain the historical significance of the irrigation system and its impact on the architecture and economy in Egypt. With a deeper understanding of the first organized cities, the students can relate what they have learned to current river systems that are still essential to the economy such as the Mississippi River in New Orleans.
The completed Nile River Project is on display in our FabLab for all to see and experience.