Project Introduction:

The ways we have measured time and the devices used have changed throughout the centuries. As we approach the new millennium help students look at the ways we measure time and the way timepieces help us do the things we need to do, when we need to do them. The Millennium Clock Project is an opportunity for you and your students to explore time - its history, its present and its future and design a timepiece or device to best reflect your visions for the millennium.

When the new millennium began or when it will begin has been a debated topic. Some say the new millennium began on January 1, 2000; others say it begins on January 1, 2001. Still others say the new millennium has already passed. The one thing that seems to be agreed upon is the actual definition of millennium, i.e., a thousand year period of time. The Millennium Clock Project offers the opportunity for your students to address this issue as well.


Project Objectives::

To learn more about time - its meaning, measurement and importance to our lives.
To develop awareness of the inventive spirit and "intellectual property" that can result from developing ideas.
To use descriptive writing to communicate details about their clock, how it works, why it is unique and how it can meet the challenges of the future.
To collaborate with classmates on a project.
To use technology resources to research information and publish ideas.


Project Content Areas:

Math - Measurement
Language Arts



Project Participants:

All ages may participate. Twenty five class projects will be selected for publication on the Millennium Clock site.


Project Summary:

Students will design a clock. They will provide a written description of the clock's characteristics, its use, and why it is unique or well suited to use in the new Millennium. Illustrations can be created in any medium and sent as a scanned image or computer graphic (gif or jpeg file). Original illustrations can also be created on the computer. Each class is invited to submit one description and illustration. Work can be done individually, in groups or as a whole class. Students are encouraged to use their creativity and imagination.



Project Time Table:

Begin now and turn in your completed projects before June 1, 2000. To register fill in the information located on the Registration Page and send it by e-mail to Registrations accepted through May 1, 2000.



Project Submissions:

Registered participants will receive detailed information about how to submit their class entry electronically or by mail.The deadline is June 1, 2000.

The project submitted by your class may be selected to be posted online with other entries. Please submit only 1project per class. You may have students working individually or in small groups or as a whole class. Have your class select the one entry which will be submitted if students create more than 1 clock design.

Your class will receive a Millennium Clock Virtual online Patent Certificate which can be printed and displayed in your classroom upon submission of your original clock design.The names of all participating classes/schools will be listed on the Millennium Clock website and projects will be displayed inthe Millenium Clock Hall of Fame.Use your name (e-mail) and school address as the contact information when submitting your entry.


Project Coordinator:

Carla Schutte
Moton Elementary School
7175 Emerson Rd
Brooksville, Florida 34601


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