A new class offers practical geometry and students no longer ask when they will ever use what they learn.

Practical GeometryAt South High in Cheyenne, students are able to study Geometry for Construction, a new course focused on the practical use of geometry.

“It’s contextual learning,” said co-teacher Tom Skaar. . “The things they learn in geometry transfer over to practical application, and they can use the skills they use in the math class.”

The aim of the class is to give students a hands on approach to math and geometry applied to everyday living.

“They love it,” he said. “It’s been one of the most engaged classes I’ve had.”

This year’s project is a mini-house.

The project is partially funded by a grant and partially funded by the school district.  Donations offered to purchase the house will help fund the future of the program.

Co teacher Fred Pillivant said that the idea came from South Principal Phil Thompson and is based on another program in Colorado.

“It’s been a learning curve for all of us,” he said. “It’s the first year, and (we’re) working out the kinks, but I haven’t once had a kid say, ‘This is not useful.'”

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