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January 21, 2019

5/21/2014 1:49:00 PM
Geometry in Construction
ETHS students Taylor Rosenthal, Sydney Bernadel and Asantewaa Marfo.  Photos by Mary Mumbrue
ETHS students Taylor Rosenthal, Sydney Bernadel and Asantewaa Marfo.  Photos by Mary Mumbrue
ETHS students sheathe and tape the roof.
ETHS students sheathe and tape the roof.

On May 10 Evanston Township High School hosted the third Community Build Day for volunteers to help students and staff build a house in the parking lot of ETHS. Approximately 80 persons showed up to volunteer.

This project is a collaborative effort among ETHS and the City of Evanston and Community Partners for Affordable Housing. When completed, the house will be moved to 1941 Jackson Ave.

Matt Kaiser, industrial technology teacher in the Career and Technical Education (CTE) department, teaches the Geometry in Construction class with Maryjoy Heineman of the mathematics department.

This interdisciplinary course gives students a better understanding of both geometry and construction through a combination of academic and hands-on experience, the teachers said.

Mr. Kaiser said the students and volunteers finished the overhang; the interior walls were plumbed and set; and the front door was installed. The teams moved a window opening, rebuilt it and taped all the seams for the sheathing.

“We have had tremendous support from our department chairs, administrators, parents, students and Evanston community. We are thankful for this experience and look forward to continuing this program,” said Ms. Heineman.

The Geometry in Construction website has updates and the projected moving date for the house, which is likely to be June 16.

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