Do you find your best answers while in the bath or shower? Maybe you’re like this famous scientist.
I don’t know about you, but I do! There is something about a hot shower (or bath), isn’t there? I’ve never quite understood why ideas are more easily accessible in the shower. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve exclaimed “Eureka!” just like Archimedes did when he made one of his many important scientific discoveries.
Archimedes, who lived in Sicily between 287-212 B.C, is probably most famous for his “Eureka” moment. “Eureka,” in Greek literally means “ I found it!” It is said that he exclaimed, “Eureka!” when he found the answer to how his cousin, Hiero II, the ruler of Syracuse, Sicily, had been cheated by a local goldsmith tasked with making a golden crown.
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It’s often easy to forget that Archimedes lived at the height of the Classical Age and experienced the rise of the Roman Empire first hand. Greece in 267 BC was in chaos. The FREE printable below will help you understand what was happening around Archimedes and why his contribution to science and history was so important then and how they were a foundation for later scientific discoveries.
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- fun facts – including a comprehension game.
- a history timeline, and
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Studying Archimedes is a great “anytime” activity!
There are quite a few ways to go about learning about this Famous Scientist, here are a few favorites!
- Read up on the life of Archimedes – Learn why Archimedes is considered the greatest scientist of the Classical Age.
- Watch a fun video! These videos will help you quickly learn about Archimedes
- Do an experiment! You can test bouncy in your outdoor kiddie pool, kitchen sink, or bathtub. Don’t forget to wear a swimsuit when you run around the house yelling “Eureka!” The experiment is in the FREE Printable.
Learn on Location at a Museum. Check out these great museums with Archimedes exhibits.
- The Museum of Idaho, in the United States, has an exciting Archimedes Science & Innovation Exhibit.
- The Leonardo Archimede Museum in Syracuse, Sicily is an amazing Children’s museum dedicated to the life and works of Archimedes (and Leonardo da Vinci).
- The Archimedes Museum in Olympia, Greece. This is an archeological museum in Greece. If you happen to hed to Greece, this museum is a must-see!
If you can’t quite get to the museum, bring the fun right to you with these really fun books, videos, games, and science kits.
You can find the full story about the golden crown, as well as learning about his other inventions and discoveries in these books and videos:
Games & Science Kits
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Shannan is a wife, mum, and saved by grace child of The King. Her home base is in Scotland, where she homeschools her two kids (ages 12 & 15) and learns on location throughout Europe as much as possible. She is a classical/Charlotte Mason style home educator living out her God-breathed dream of raising her family in Europe. She’s passionate about many things, especially helping others learn on location using the world as their classroom. She encourages you to pursue your God-breathed dream, no matter what it is! You can join her at Captivating Compass for homeschool and family travel inspiration.
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