In Japanese, Chinese, and Korean tradition, cranes stand for good fortune, peace, and longevity because of its fabled life span of a thousand years. An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane. A common wish we hear people say is for world peace. In this first section of our fascinating series students and staff will explore a small portion of World War Two, learn how folding paper led one girl to become an international heroine, discuss what we can do to change the world, come to understand the impact of a decision, play a few [math] war games. They’ll also discover that Manhattan is more than just a part of New York, measure the invisible, learn about a physicist who was afraid of the floor, solve some mysteries, and find out that you can’t trust an atom, they make up everything!
And perhaps, as we learn about our past, we can affect the future, so that someday the world will find peace, under the wings of the crane.