Kids are calculating real life math at the math fair. Fourth graders at Cascade Elementary School are using the fair to cost out some of their biggest interests.
For example, 10 year old Faith Swire calculated the total cost of a One Direction Performance.
“I wanted to do this because I wanted to know how much it would cost if I wanted to go to a concert, and be ready for what I need to buy and what I want,” she said.
She added the cost of each ticket, food and drinks, and clothing with One Direction images. Her total was around $270.
The math fair has been held for two years. 100 students in third through fifth grade displayed posters for parents, showing how math was used to solve an interesting real life problem. Purchases, sports stats, and recipes were just some of the applications.
“We wanted to do something sort of like a science fair, but math-oriented, and the kids were really excited to do it,” said Erin Code, a fourth grade math teacher. “They came up with fabulous ideas, and it just sparked interest.” Code sees the project as a means for students to apply math outside the classroom.
“It’s important for kids to see that math is not only in the classroom, that it can be anywhere that they look, and that they can find different ways and new ways to do things by what they learn in the classroom,” she said.