On the Friday before Christmas the University Archives visited Donna Johnson’s 7th grade math class at Glenwood MS in Glenwood, Maryland, in order to pick up a very special donation.
Mrs. Johnson’s students had created a 6X6 larger-than-lifesize Testudo using only a small image they found on the web and their amazing math skills. When they contacted the university to see if they could donate their work, we were more than happy to accept.
While visiting we showed the students how the image of Testudo has changed many times since his arrival in 1933, and we shared some pizza while all of the students took turns signing the Deed of Gift. We also encouraged the students to come see the original Testudo (the once-live-now-taxidermied diamondback terrapin that was the model for the statue) in April on Maryland Day.
We’ve brought Testudo back home, but are still working on the best way to display this wonderful piece of math & art without risking undue damage. Our sincere thanks to Glenwood Principal David Brown, Donna Johnson, and the wonderful students we met–Jared, Jake, Jim Bob, Taylor, & Julie, and to students J.T. & Chase who worked on the project but weren’t able to meet us that day. We hope to have them visit us soon, and eventually to become undergraduate Terps!