Mr. Joe Feldstein, Oakridge's new geometry teacher, has been enjoying teaching our students real world applications of mathematics. He pulls from his engineering background to provide opportunities for our children. Come see our students’ collaborative 3 dimensional, 2 story, wireframe structure in The Upper School Commons. Our students designed the shape and how the equilateral triangles interact with the squares, as it soars to the ceiling. Feldstein says, “this allows students to experience 3 dimensional angles in space by using hands on geometry".
This is very hard to visualize on 2 dimensional paper. Mr. Feldstein is looking forward to sharing many more geometric projects with our students this year. A sidebar to this story is enjoying watching non-geometry students stop by, touch it, experience it, and think about the shape. Could there be some art here as well?
Collaborative Learning in 2 dimensions . . . 53 excellent geometry students calculated and constructed sequential trapezoids that created an amazing hexagon when connected “together.” It taught the students that real world problem solving involves many different people to provide their part to the big solution. There are some 120 different trapezoids in this shape.