Perhaps no words have resonated more with me as a teacher than those written by Khalil Gibran in the Prophet: “No man can reveal to you aught but that which lies half asleep in the dawning of your knowledge.” To awaken that joy of mathematics in students, we must find resources that engage them at a personal and meaningful level, that are challenging yet understandable, and that stretch their imaginations to new limits. I developed this enrichment activity and others during my teaching career to help teachers achieve these goals.
The “Seven Wonders of the Ancient World” activity is designed to be either an individual or group challenge. Through a historical context, this activity presents ten mathematical challenges involving algebra, geometry, and number theory beyond textbook problem sets. Furthermore, Bonus problems are provided, which enable students to display additional knowledge of related material. To enhance student motivation, an “International Archaeology Team” certificate is included at the end of this manual.