Elementary school students are learning real world applications for math by using math to create pottery.
At Carter & MacRae Elementary School fourth and fifth graders found the project of using clay, sponges, and math to create special dishes a challenge. For one thing, they needed to allow for 12 percent shrinkage in the kiln when the pieces were fired.
The school is focused on STEAM curriculum otherwise known as science, technology, engineering, art and math. Students and teachers got an assist from students at Millersville University who were taking a course called “Learning By Doing”taught by Sharon Brusic, MU professor and coordinator for technology and engineering education.
The MU students worked one on one with the fifth graders helping them with the calculations of shrinkage in the kiln. Teamwork was also emphasised, as collaboration and working together are an essential part of STEAM curriculum.