Fourth and fifth grade students found out that the school constructions site is a real life math lesson. One recent morning the active construction site became their classroom at Lakewood Elementary School as they put on safety gear and observed the real life math problem of pouring concrete.
Thanks to some recent legislation, Lakewood is currently receiving a complete $15 million renovation of the entire campus. American Modular Systems (AMS), Sausal Corporation and Lakewood school partnered to make the event possible so that the children could be part of the renovation.
AMS and Sausal worked with Lakewood staff and students to create the project using real blueprints. Students participated by estimating the amount of concrete and the cost to be poured that day, and gave their best guesses.
Their child-sized white construction helmets bobbled with excitement as they watched from a safe distance and recorded the event with classroom iPads. Afterward, students returned to their classrooms to compare their estimates to the real amount and cost, as project engineers would do.
“The whole idea was to take advantage of a rare opportunity where the kids could see real-life work taking place,” Sunnyvale School District chief operation officer Rob Smiley. “It’s kind of a rare side of my job because I’m more on the operational side, but it’s nice to get to bring what we do into the classroom as well.”
Top project engineering teams from the fourth- and fifth-grade classes had the opportunity to meet the real construction management team from Lakewood’s renovation and will be recognized for their applied mathematics in the real life context of building the new classrooms.
“We’ve done everything from measuring perimeter and area and how much concrete is needed to be poured. We’ve made it quite the focus of school since school started,” fourth-grade teacher Heather Mumy said.