Italy:

Da Vinci - Scientist and Mathematician

May 12-20, 2015

 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

Travel to Rome, Florence, Pisa, Pompeii, and of course Vinci, birthplace of Leonardo Da Vinci to learn more about Da Vinci as a Renaissance man as well as exploring the history and culture of Italy. Beyond his famous paintings, Da Vinci was renowned in his age as an engineer, inventor and mathematician. We will start in Rome and sample the history and famous sites there (the Coliseum, Roman Forum, Vatican, and Sistine Chapel). We will visit Florence with its famous statue of David and the Accademia Museum. A short side trip from Florence takes us to Vinci where we visit the Da Vinci Museum and the birthplace of Leonardo. Pisa brings not only the Leaning Tower, but also some earlier mathematical history in the Fibonacci Museum. (Leonardo of Pisa, also known as Fibonacci, introduced the current system of accounting, replacing the cumbersome use of Roman numerals.) Additionally, we visit the ancient city of Pompeii, preserved for all eternity by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, and learn more about the science used in the archaeological excavations there.

DATES OF TRAVEL: 

May 12-20, 2015

COURSE OPTIONS:

MATH 299 – Special Topics in Mathematics: Da Vinci’s Italy (3 credits)
or
MATH 104E – Da Vinci’s Italy (Encore - 3 credits)

NOTE: NO MATH PREREQUISITE. The math and science discussed is accessible to general SJC students of all levels.

ESTIMATED TRAVEL COST: $3214 (based on 9 students)*

The cost includes:

  • Hotel Accommodations
  • Airfare
  • Entrance fees and tours at local sites and museums
  • Transportation in Italy
  • Some meals

*This is an estimate and may change based upon the number of participants.

Participants will be responsible for the following costs that are NOT included in the program fee:

ELIGIBILITY:

All participants must be over 18 years old at time of travel and must be San Juan College students in order to apply for the travel study program. All participants must register as students for the course(s) attached to the program and pay tuition, whether taking the course for credit or auditing. If you are not already an SJC student, it's easy (and FREE) to become one. Visit the Enrollment Services Home Page for more information.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS/REQUIREMENTS:

Participants will be walking to most of the sites visited as part of the program. Participants are responsible for lifting/carrying their luggage at airports and hotels.

APPLYING:

Application materials will be made available through the Office of Global Studies at SJC in September 2014.

The application deadline is TBA.

FINANCIAL AID:

If you already have scholarships or other forms of financial aid through SJC for the spring/summer 2015 semesters, your financial aid should apply as usual for your tuition and fees. You may need to meet with your Financial Aid advisor to adjust the schedule for your disbursement of funds.

If you are a current full-time, degree-seeking, financial aid eligible student at SJC, you may be eligible to apply for scholarship funds through the San Juan College Foundation. Contact Cynthia Rapp Sandhu in the Office of Global Studies for more information.

PAYMENT DEADLINES:

TBA

FACULTY:

Your instructors will be Dr. Pam Peters and Jody Laughlin, Assistant Professors at San Juan College. After graduating from Colorado State University, Pam taught for four and a half years at the University of Wisconsin–Platteville prior to coming to San Juan College. Pam has extensive international experience, having lived abroad in Germany for 4 years, and her personal travels have taken her to over two dozen countries ranging from Japan to New Zealand to Egypt and, of course, Italy.

Jody Laughlin has a master’s degree in education from New Mexico Highlands University. She taught middle school math for nine years before coming to San Juan College three years ago. Jody currently teaches math education, math for health careers, and developmental math classes and became interested in Italy and math history as child when she first learned about the amazing inventions of Da Vinci.

ITINERARY:

May 12: Farmington to Albuquerque to Rome, Italy (overnight flight)
May 13: Arrive Rome (Fiumicino Airport); Check-in at hotel; Orientation tour of Rome; Group dinner
May 14: Vatican City – Tour the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel; Visit Ancient Rome (Coliseum, Forum, etc.); Group dinner
May 15: Leave Rome for Florence by train; Check-in at hotel; Orientation tour of Florence, including Accademia Museum; Dinner on own
May 16: Da Vinci Museum (Florence); Travel to Vinci; Visit the Da Vinci Museum and Birthplace (Vinci); Continue to Pisa; Group dinner
May 17: City tour of Pisa, including Leaning Tower; Fibonacci Museum; Group dinner
May 18: Return to Rome; Afternoon free; Dinner on own
May 19: Day trip to Pompeii
May 20: Return to ABQ

ADDITIONAL TRAVEL DETAILS:

For additional information, please contact:
Pam Peters – petersp@sanjuancollege.edu
Jody Laughlin – laughlinj@sanjuancollege.edu