04 Monday

Man, you can rest now! or How a wheel, two stones and plenty of water changed the history of nutrition

Folklife & Ethnological Museum of Macedonia-Thrace

Duration 45 minutes
from 9 to 12 years old
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The educational programme refers to the watermill – flour mill as the first historically recorded testimony of motor milling, in which the grain is crushed not by the strength of man or animal, but by the waterfall and the energy produced by the force of water. The watermill is one of the major milestones in world technology, as it has greatly relieved man from the arduous labour of grinding the grains, which for centuries was done with the prehistoric hand mill. This significant achievement is celebrated in the 1st century AD, in the lyrical epigram of Antipater of Thessalonica, who urges the “women who toil at the mill”, the grinding girls, to rest as the nymphs of the waters will now undertake their arduous work, by moving the wheels of the large millstones.

Starting from this particular literary source, children learn about wheat and its importance in human nutrition. The programme introduces the concept of milling through reciprocating and rotary motion, compares the different types of mills (manual, animal, hydraulic) and presents live at the museum the functional model of the watermill with the horizontal impeller that moves with the force of water and grinds grains. Όλα αυτά μέσα από εικόνες, βίντεο, παιχνίδια και διασκεδαστικά παραμύθια!All this is delivered through pictures, videos, games and fun fairy tales!

Note: The program is offered per class of a maximum of 30 students

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Curriculum Details

45 minutes Duration
80€ (Standard)
Greek language
Suitable for students
from 9 to 12 years old
3rd Grade / 4th Grade / 5th Grade / 6th Grade
Folklife & Ethnological Museum of Macedonia-Thrace
Every day other than Thursday: 9:00-15:30, Every Wednesday: 9:00 - 21:30
Vas. Olgas 68, Thessaloniki

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Irini Botsiou