Southland Prep students put geometry to use
August 1, 2013 3:24PM
Coretta Franklin, of Park Forest; Elysia Sawyers, of Park Forest; and Ella Thornton, of Matteson, were part of the runner-ups in the Southland College Prep Charter High School Habitat for Humanity project. | Photo courtesy of Smierciak Images Inc.
Updated: September 5, 2013 6:02AM
Southland College Prep Charter High School’s geometry honors course students participated in a three-week project for Habitat for Humanity that required mastery of the year’s geometry content.
“Our advanced placement track freshmen and honors sophomores were challenged to blend creativity, teamwork, ingenuity, academic competition and presentation skills into an assignment to design a three-level Habitat for Humanity house,” mathematics teacher Brian Wales said.
Carley Marberry, of Park Forest, and Josh Buford and Joseph Stewart, both of Richton Park, were first- place team winners.
Runners up were Coretta Franklin and Elysia Sawyers, both of Park Forest, and Ella Thornton, Matteson.
Robert Palmer, a board member of the Chicago South Suburban branch of Habitat for Humanity, served as a judge for the project.
Student teams were required to design a three-dimensional model of a three-level, single-family home with a living room, kitchen, four bedrooms and two bathrooms. The floor plans had to contain isosceles and Pythagorean triple triangles, full and half circles, quadrilaterals — including square, rectangle, rhombus, kite and trapezoid — and other complex shapes.
Teams were required to label and measure to scale all elements of the house, detail the exterior cladding and decorate interior room layouts with creative solutions. Construction supplies and materials needed to be specified, including flooring treatments.
A final requirement was for each team to select a spokesman to present the project to an assembly of all the participants and Palmer at an awards ceremony.
“This is a wonderful project, for it comes at a time when Southland College Prep students are deciding on an interest area of concentration. It also addresses every Common Core geometry standard in a fun atmosphere, while proving their mastery of the entire year’s content,” Wales said.