Could You Park an Ark at EDS?

Every year in religion class the fourth graders, as part of their study of the Old Testament, undertake to measure the EDS campus to discover whether Noah’s Ark, built to biblical proportions, would fit. The book of Genesis tells us that the ark was 300 cubits in length, 50 cubits in width, and 30 cubits in height, but since our measuring tapes are only annotated in centimeters and inches there’s some math to be done first. With a little multiplication we determined that the ark measured 450 feet long, 75 feet wide (that’s skinny!), and 45 feet tall. The good news is that our campus, from the back garden to the Walton Way fence is 719 feet in length, so we’ve got room for an ark – if it started in the garden it would end up in the gym! We measured our campus at 214 feet in width, so we could squeeze nearly three arks in side by side! Where EDS came up short, however, was in height – the ark would tower over our second floor classrooms! This is a fun annual exercise (and who doesn’t love doing math in religion class?!) but we are also pleased to point out that God promised to never again destroy the earth by epic flood, so it seems as though we wouldn’t need an ark even if it would fit on our campus!

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