“Eureka!”

Dear friends and classmates,

Have you wondered where the title of our project comes from?

Well, can we tell you?

“Eureka” is a very important phrase that Archimedes said when he invented that people and things don’t sink in water. The historical phrase “Eureka” comes from the ancient Greek word that means “I have found it”.

Today we say “Eureka!” when we have an excellent idea or we have invented something important!

 

Andrew Skarpentzos-Kalyvas & Panayiotis Kanelakopoulos

Grade 2, 2nd Junior High School of Paralia

Our project’s title – Eureka!

Hello kids!

We are students of Grade 2, 2nd Junior High School of Paralia, and this year our project is called “Eureka”.

We’re sure that you wonder what “Eureka” means. So, we have written a text for you to understand the importance of this world-known word. Here it comes.

“Eureka” is a Greek verb which means “I have found it”. Although it’s just a phrase, there is a long story behind it.

It was first said by Archimedes, a Greek scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor and astronomer (!), who was the king of Syracuse. He suddenly shouted “Eureka!” when he was taking a bath and noticed the water level rising. This meant that the volume of irregular objects could be measured with precision. He was so excited with what he had found that he leapt our of his bath and ran through the srteets of Syracuse naked.

Well, this is the story behind “Eureka!”. A world-known word expressed by an intelligent person, Archimedes. Nowadays, “Eureka!” is a word used by everyone who wants to express their excitement for something new they have discovered or invented.

Jenny Kipourgou, Angela Nikolaou, Chryssa Panagopoulou, & Mary Petroutsou

Grade 2, 2nd Junior High School of Paralia

Eureka!

Hello everyone!

We would like to talk to you a little about the title of our project.

One day, Archimedes, the king of Syracuse, asked the best artist in town to make a crown of gold. When the king took the crown there were rumours that the artist had replaced the gold with other metals.

The rumours came true because Archimedes wanted to have a bath and he discovered that the crown was floating. Consequently, the artist’s cheating was uncovered.

In the end, Archimedes shouted “Eureka! Eureka!”, which in Greek means “I have found it! I have found it!”

The Wreath of Amphipolis

Nicole Panayiotatou, Georgia Kalantzi, Mary Roboti, Mary Tourkodimitri, & Joanna Mitropoulou

Grade 2, 2nd Junior High School of  Paralia.