Through exciting projects that stimulate all the senses, students in this cool class will travel through Mexico and Central America and explore a kaleidoscope of rich cultures; This class will feature unique hands-on learning experiences about our fascinating neighbors South of our border- the people and their music, art, cuisine, geography, habitats, and animals. Students will discover how Pre-Colombian civilizations made their mark with the vast pyramids of Teotihuacán, stunning temples of Chichén Itzá, Tikal in Guatemala, and countless other archaeological wonders. From Aztec and Mayan civilization to the Spanish influence on Mexico and Central America, students will learn about history of these fascinating countries- as well as how people live today. Students will trek through the different terrains in Mexico and Central America, from the epic landscapes of the northern deserts and snowy peaks of the central sierra, to the rainforest tropical jungles and sandy beaches. Students will learn about some of the unique inhabitants there... just the rainforests alone are filled with diverse wildlife, including howler monkeys, jaguars, lizards and tropical birds. And let's not forget about the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans filled with exotic reef life. Taking inspiration from famous artists, interesting environments and the colorful culture from these Mexican and Central American countries, this exciting class will also feature vibrant folk arts and crafts projects- using traditional methods which are well-founded in the past, and in a variety of media including painting, tin punching, printmaking and clay.