The common question “when will we ever use this again” for math students has been getting some answers as kids find real math solutions to real workplace problems.
Engineers from Flint Hills Resources teamed up with the Port Arthur Independent School District, and have created real problem solving scenarios for the students to learn from. Students are practicing problem solving skills and applying them to real problems that engineers encounter in the workplace
“We wanted to make a connection between the skills students learn in class and how those skills can be applied in the real world,” said Taunjaerina Drake, and instructional coach at Thomas Jefferson Middle School. “We have the petrochemical industry in our backyard, and our principal thought, ‘Let’s bring some engineers in to show the students what these skills are really used for.’ The students have just lit right up, because having that application — a sense of value to what they’re learning inside the classroom — motivates them, and really helps them see what they’re learning does apply to the real world.”
Four Flint Hills Engineers have partnered with the Thomas Jefferson Middle School in a pilot program, “Engineers in Classrooms.”