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Father, Son, and Ghost: Calders Along Ben Franklin Parkway

Offsite: See session description for location

Preregistration Required
Participate and share : Trip / Tour


Learning Facilitator
Learning Facilitator
Hardwired to think about learning and teaching, Emily works with other educators to put these ideas into action. Inquiry, serious play, and universal design make her heart sing, and she knows the powers of data, feedback, and patience to implement productive change. Thoughtful integration of hi- and low-tech in student-centered classrooms has been a hallmark of her career, and she has presented and facilitated workshops on these topics at EduCon, ISTE, the National Maker Faire, and the World Maker Faire: New York.

Session description

Three generations of Calders designed pieces significant to the Ben Franklin Parkway landscape: The William Penn statue atop City Hall; Swann Memorial Fountain; and The Ghost at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. This tour will look at each piece individually and explore the role of public art.
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Purpose & objective

Tour participants will gain:
information about three iconic pieces of Philadelphia art
inspiration for lessons/units on the engineering involved in creating and installing massive art works
questions to ponder about DEIB and public art

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The tour will take ~90 minutes. We'll start at City Hall, stop at Swann Memorial Fountain, and end at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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Session specifications

Maker activities and programs
Library media specialists, Principals/head teachers, Teachers
Attendee devices:
Devices not needed
Participant accounts, software and other materials:
Two of the three pieces are on the Ben Franklin Parkway; Ghost hangs in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. If my proposal is accepted, I would contact them or work through ISTE to see about obtaining passes or discounts for museum entrance.

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