GLEN ROSE- How many times did you sit in math class and wonder, "When am I ever going to use this theory?" For the Glen Rose High School students enrolled in Geometry in Construction, the practicality of such a theory and thought were put to the test - along with a few hammers and nails.
Taught by math teacher, Jami Lovelady and auto tech and welding teacher, Randall Bozarth, Geometry in Construction teaches the students how to apply geometrical skills to physical structures from the ground up. The double-block class gives students the opportunity to work with geometry one day and construct a building the next.
Over the course of eight weeks, the students applied the theories of geometry to construct two 4-by-8-foot sheds. The students started first with research on YouTube and, from there, came up with the design for their sheds. Every step of the construction process, the mathematicians-turned-construction foremen had to apply the theorems, such as the Pythagorean theorem, of geometry to construct the sheds.
Applying all of the theories really helped the students see the practicality of math.
“They see the actual use of the math,” Bozarth said. "There is no delay between learning in the classroom and applying the math to a skill.”
With the construction of the sheds now complete, the kids are looking forward to their next project - the construction of two children’s playhouses. The students plan to have the playhouses completed by the end of the 2015-16 school year.
In addition to learning how to build different structures, the students also had a hand in designing the class t-shirts.
Dillon Graves and Nik Satterfield designed the shirts for geometry in construction. The duo said the design was first constructed on grid paper and it took them about a week to come up with the design.
Graves hand designed all of the geometry equations featured on the t-shirts. Designing a shirt is pretty cool and both Graves and Satterfield are excited that their design is on the t-shirts their fellow students wear.
The students’ hard work is also raising funds for the class. The sheds and playhouses are available for purchase. If you are interested in purchasing either one, you can contact Randall Bozarth or Jami Lovelady at GRHS.