Friends of Robbins Farm Park
HUMAN SUNDIAL PROJECT

VISION
We hope to design and build a human sundial at the viewing oval, where a person, standing still, serves as the GNOMON, the vertical part of a sundial that casts a shadow.
Time indicators, called JEWELS can be embedded in the ground or paved surface.

THE PROJECT
In the initial phase, the hope is to introduce students to the concept of sundial, light, and shadows, and earth rotation.

Working through the Science and Math Enrichment (SAME) Committee at the Brackett and other curriculum programs, we will encourage students to help design the oval so students at all levels and ages will appreciate the CONVERGENCE of ART, SCIENCE, and MATH in our everyday experience.

In later phases, we plan to take student designs to a more sophisticated, buildable level and initiate fundraising for a graffiti proof and enjoyable viewing oval.

MORE TO COME
Watch for progress on this project. Over the next year we will be looking for ways to engages students in the sundial project so they become part of the design process.

To get you started, here are a few fun projects. Click here for the to learn how to build your own Paper Plate Sundial and click here for a challenging question about the sun in Arlington. You can learn about an Equatorial Sundial and use this pattern to build your own.

Look for activities sponsored by the Friends of Robbins Farm Park.

FOR MORE INFORMATION / VOLUNTEERING
If you have interest in the project, questions, or expertise to volunteer please contact any member of the project team.

Send an e-mail with the word "SUNDIAL" in the subject line to

Click the image to see the
FORFP SUNDIAL PROJECT BOARD
from the
2007 Brackett/Peirce Science Fair

Tony Vogel (nevogel@rcn.com)
Judy Leich
Marlene Rockmore
Christian Klein