Technology Innovations in Greece

Tour of the Golden Circle

Greece is a great place to study STEM. After you’ve read up on your trip to Athens, consider donating to or volunteering for a group that promotes STEM education for students in the United States.

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Sojourn – Gain a better understanding of the community you’re visiting. Learn about different religions or spiritual practices. How do these impact the communities? How does religion or spirituality influence local traditions?

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Savor – Will you choose sweet or savory? Take the time to visit local markets and discover unique local ingredients. Learn how to prepare traditional meals & local favorites.

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Tip of the Tongue – Each morning, take the time to learn a few basic greetings and phrases in the local language. Learn how to write greetings & your name in the local script.

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A Wrinkle in Time – History influences our present. Discover the history of the country you visit. Hear the stories of your guides & their family history. Where do they come from?

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Journal Journeys – Take some time to reflect on the day’s events and document your journey. Spend a moment journaling about the day had & day ahead. These are memories for a lifetime!

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Culture – From local dances, festivals, or simple gestures to communicate – all of these make up a country’s culture. Learn and practice cultural norms & how to show respect in the culture you visit.

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After you’ve arrived in Athens to start to study STEM in Greece, you’ll be whisked away to the Parthenon, a marvel of ancient engineering. The structure is over 2000 years old, and after recent restoration projects, it’s looking better than ever. Thanks to high-tech computer modeling, architects have been able to repair much of what has been damaged over centuries past so your view is closer to that of the ancient Greeks.

Historically, the Greeks contributed an enormous amount to technological advancements. The Kotsanas Museum of Ancient Greek Technology is where you can explore all of them, from the inventions and discoveries that Archimedes made to the automatics, aka early machines that moved, to all the tools that were used to make these discoveries and inventions. You’ll spend a whole day here and likely leave with your interest piqued for a lifetime.

As its name suggests, Technopolis is an industrial museum dedicated to all things innovative. You’ll get to explore its exhibits and catch one of the over 900 events the venue hosts in a year. They seek to better the world around them and improve the quality of life for all in Greek communities through advances in technology, and it showcases the ways this is happening. It also focuses on the role that gasoline has played in the societal and cultural development of the city.

Technology has enabled us to explore far more than our own planet. During your visit to the Eugenides Foundation, you’ll get to indulge every one of your space curiosities at the planetarium. After you’ve finished your trip through the stars, head over to the Interactive Exhibition of Science and Technology, where you can learn about all manner of theoretical and concrete physics, biotechnology and communication in numerous exhibits you can peruse.

Whether you’re developing theories of buoyancy or creating a system of central heating for the Temple of Ephesus, you need tools to complete your task. At the Museum of Modern Greek Culture, the permanent “Man and Tools” exhibit showcases these instruments of creation. You’ll see how the tools of yesterday became the tools of today and learn about how the stories behind them. The exhibit is interactive and has an audiovisual component to show you how the people who once used these tools lived.

Just as the Parthenon was, the Acropolis is a wonder of ancient engineering. At the Acropolis Museum, you’ll learn all about how it was done. You can walk through on your own, or guided by an archaeologist. You can tour an ancient neighborhood in the basement of the museum so you can see how the ancient Greeks planned their cities. You can see the foundations of how the structures were built and a living blueprint of sorts in how they were laid out. Once you’re done, there are plenty of exhibits for you to explore.

Before heading home you’ll visit Hadrian’s Library. Papyrus books once lined its walls and its interior was once full of reading rooms. Emperor Hadrian commissioned the building, and though not much of it remains, don’t miss the inscribed stone honoring him. Known as one of the “five good emperors” Hadrian was also responsible for commissioning an aqueduct, a precursor to modern day water management systems.

On your trip to study STEM in Greece, you’ll get to walk the most ancient of paths to the most futuristic of ones. Much of the technology you’ll use on your trip to take pictures or travel to and from your destination will have roots traceable back to ancient Greece. As you’re journeying, see if you can spot the simple origins of our most complex innovations.


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