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Journey to Monte Albán

June 16, 2022 by Student Alex N. Aarushi A. Alex N. Aarushi A.

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Learning Targets

  • 21st Century Skills
  • Creation of an Original Piece
  • human systems and stewardship
  • Inquiry and Research Design
  • Interpretation and Expression
  • Language Arts
  • Mathematical Reasoning and Modeling
  • People and Cultures
  • Self Development and Social Intelligence

Driving Question: How can I preserve a part of Zapotec history and give it a new life in the form of VR experiences?

Project Summary:

Aarushi and Alex’s video focused on the Central Valley of Oaxaca and the civilization that emerged known as the “Be’ena’ Za” or “The Cloud People.” The Be’ena’ Za thrived and became one of the largest civilizations in Mesoamerica, and today they are known as the Zapotec.

Alex and Aarushi introduce viewers to the world of the Zapotec through a VR experience. Their video takes you back in time on a journey into the magnificent city of Monte Albán. The pair invite you to embrace the wisdom of the Zapotec through astrology, religious, and ancient beliefs.

Student Reflection: This module was really exciting for me. I learned a lot of new things and added multiple new subjects to my skill set. This module was also extremely challenging since I had no real prior knowledge about virtual reality or archaeology, but because of our excursions and guest speakers, I was able to create a video VR experience which I am extremely proud of!”- Aarushi A.