Students from Middle Ridge Elementary School are traveling to Atlanta to learn about building a model city and visit an architectural firm.

Soft SkillsThe students in Heather Hodge’s math class have an opportunity to learn geometry in the real world, thanks to a grant from the National Education Foundation.

For the second year in a row, Hodge received the Reimagine grant from the NEF.  Last year she purchased a 3D printer.  This year the grant funded 3D pens, laptops, printer supplies, and the Atlanta field trip for 56 fourth and fifth graders.

“I taught fourth grade in the past and realized kids need more hands on with geometry,” Hodge said. “I tried to figure out how to relate it to the real world and the first thing I thought of was buildings.”

Hodge reached out to several architectural agencies.  She had an immediate response from Ken Higga, of Perkins & Will on Peachtree Street.

“It was a lot of fun. I do a lot of volunteer work with schools and stuff,” Higga said. “I think it’s important to get kids out of the classroom. It gives them the opportunity to see that they’re not just learning book stuff.”

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