Geometry in Construction, an elective year-long course available for William Floyd High School freshmen, is helping students bridge together difficult math concepts by applying construction-based techniques to solve problems. Through fun and educational projects, students are learning about construction-related careers such as engineering, architecture, interior design and landscape architecture as well as safety procedures, problem solving, tool use and drawing interpretations.
“Our students are able bridge connections between geometry concepts and construction methods, which truly enhances their geometric abilities,” said Paul Vassallo, technology teacher, William Floyd High School, who co-teaches this course with mathematics teacher, Michael Buffalino. Mr. Vassallo added, “They are able to get important hands-on experience which demonstrates the need to follow certain steps in solving specific math problems.”
Grey Waite, one of 66 students currently enrolled in the course, mentioned how the projects’ “real-life situations” help her understand and memorize the step-by-step process needed in order to find the solution. “The class teaches us the math we can use on the construction field,” she added.
Some concepts students are learning in the course include applying knowledge of right triangles to layout stair stringers and roof rafters, how to use surface area and volume concepts regularly to complete material estimates, becoming comfortable with fractional answers as a result of using a tape measure and using blueprints to scale out measurements.
“I have learned how to properly scale a house and build trusses,” said Sarah Duenzl, William Floyd High School student.
Now its third year, Geometry in Construction continues to develop into a unique educational experience for students. With projects such as building scale-model homes, constructing cornhole boards, large-sized Jenga games, mini playhouses and chicken coops all on the course syllabus, there is a great opportunity for freshmen to learn the fundamentals of construction as well as techniques to help gain a better understanding of specific mathematics.
See more of their recent projects in the album below!