Using geometry in construction has allowed students at Park High School in Cottage Grove to apply the math they learn with hands on skill by building things. Right now, their project is to build a playhouse.
According to sophomore Ramiro Montanez, the Geometry in Construction class has made math easier.
“It’s a really fun class. It makes the day a lot less stressful because you don’t come in and take a test. You get to come in and do stuff,” Montanez said.
10th graders make up most of the class. One hour is spent in the classroom learning the principles of geometry from Megan Diediker. Then, students spend the second hour in the shop applying the principles they have learned with help from Diediker and Bonnie Thoe-Austin
“If a student struggles with something in class, it’s a lot easier for that student to grasp it in shop because they see it right away,” Diediker said. “Also, the material is designed to spiral back to old material so they can learn what they might not have learned the first time around.”
The projects that students build during the year are sold to teachers, parents, and the community. The class is also funded by a $19,000 two year grant from General Motors.