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Gaining STEAM from Ancient Egyptian Artifacts

from North Carolina Museum of Art

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Through the North Carolina Museum of Art’s collection of Ancient Egyptian artifacts, students explore the big question: Why do humans make? In this interactive, hands-on experience, students investigate two ancient amulets using visual analysis and 3-D printing technology. Students learn about the first man-made material—faience—and consider how materials and technology affect culture and artistic expression. Students create original works of art in response to lesson themes while reflecting upon their own identities.

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Point to Point: $125.00
Point to Point Premium: $100.00

North Carolina schools receive $25 off the CILC Regular Price.. North Carolina public schools whose percentage of low-income students has been determined by the state Department of Public Instruction as 60% or higher may be considered for a scholarship to cover the cost of the program. Please indicate in the Additional Information field (below) if you are eligible and interested in a scholarship or have a coupon code.

To pay for your field trip with a credit card, please use the following link: https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/6147439/virtual-field-tripgaining-steam-from-ancient-egyptian-artifacts-raleigh-north-carolina-museum-of-arteducation-and-programming


30 or 45 minutes in length depending on available class time.

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 6, 7, 8

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Maximum participants:


Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History, Fine Arts, Technology/Information Science, Problem Solving

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)

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Booking Information

Sessions must be requested 2 weeks prior to requested lesson date. Now scheduling for September 2018.

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Programs are non-refundable, however cancellations due to technical difficulties, school closings, or those received 48 hours in advance may be rescheduled for no additional charge. Rescheduling is subject to availability.

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North Carolina Museum of Art

Raleigh, NC
United States

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Camille Tewell

Program Details


Pre-visit (2-3 class periods): Students examine the NCMA’s Amulet of Nehebkau and Amulet of Isis and Horus through guided group discussion and study of 3-D printed objects. Students watch a video Q&A with NCMA Curator and Egyptologist Caroline Rocheleau on the significance of faience in Ancient Egypt, working in small groups to process and record what they have learned.

Virtual field trip (30 or 45 minutes total depending on available class time): NCMA facilitator leads a conversation with students, addressing questions about the amulets generated during pre-conference group discussion, clarifying understanding of faience, and probing the students’ experience using 3-D printing to learn about museum objects. Students learn about the iconography and function of the amulets and view them in greater detail in their gallery locations. Students are prompted to brainstorm the iconography, colors, and materials with which to create their own amulets. At the close of the session, students share their amulet plans with the NCMA facilitator, justifying the material they have selected for their creation and explaining the significance of any imagery or symbols they plan to include in their work.

Post-visit: Students create their amulets.


Students respond to a work of art by articulating what they see and questions provoked by the work.
Students explore the first man-made material and consider how its use influenced Egyptian culture.
Students explore the products of a technological tool (3-D printer) and consider their role in understanding artifacts.
Students plan and create original works of art.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Standards for Technological Literacy
STL.7 Students will develop an understanding of the influence of technology on history.
STL.7.C Many inventions and innovations have evolved by using slow and methodical processes of tests and refinements.
STL.7.F In the past, an invention or innovation was not usually developed with the knowledge of science.

State Standards

North Carolina Visual Arts Essential Standards
7.V.2.3 Create original art emphasizing selected elements and principles to express ideas or feelings.
7.V.3.2 Compare media in order to choose the best option to create art.
7.CX.1.2 Analyze art from various historical periods in terms of style, subject matter, and movements.
7.CR.1.1 Generate responses to art using both personal and formal criteria.

North Carolina Essential Standards for Social Studies
6.H.1.3 Use primary and secondary sources to interpret various historical perspectives.