The second year of Geometry in Construction has students learning geometry in a practical way: building a house. Last year more than 50 students enrolled in the initial class, in which they learned real-life construction skills, hands-on problem-solving and immediate math applications.
Under the auspices of Evanston Township High School’s Career and Technical Education department, co-teachers Matthew Kaiser, industrial technology, and Maryjoy Heineman, mathematics, created the curriculum and guided students through the building of a house in the school’s south parking lot.
Architect Donna Lee Floeter designed the house, and, at the end of the course, the house was moved to a permanent location, and a family moved in, with help of the City’s affordable housing program.
This year, the high school again offered the popular course, one feature of which is Community Build days, during which members of the community pitch in with their skills and enthusiasm. This year’s project, a two-story house, appears to be on schedule for completion before the end of school.