TJR Students See Math Uses in Real Projects

TJR Students See Math Uses in Real Projects
Posted on 05/07/2018
TJR Students See Math Uses in Real Projects

Thomas J. Rusk fourth- and fifth-graders got the answer to the age-old question, “Why do I have to learn that?” At least where math is concerned.

Stephen F. Austin State University hosted a math career carnival at TJR’s Beall Gym Friday. The morning session was for fourth-graders; the afternoon was spent with fifth-graders.

The carnival came at a perfect time for TJR students as they prepare for more STAAR testing this month. It also showed how much of the math taught in school today can be applied to real-life situations.

“The SFA Math Career Carnival served not only as a fantastic review of the fourth- and fifth-grade readiness standards, but it also gave the students a glimpse of how these skills will be used in various careers in the real world,” said TJR principal Paula Harshbarger.

Students were engaged Friday while making the rounds of stations set up in the gym.

“A lot,” fourth-grader Edgar Juarez answered when asked how much he likes math and science. Edgar, a student in Nakendra Matthews’ class, particularly enjoyed the hands-on experiences students were exposed to on Friday.

Other fourth-graders enjoyed the exhibits SFA students had on display, all of which involved activities and hands-on work.

“Food chains,” Adalberto Hernandez said; “Solving math problems,” said Erick Leon; and “solving multiplication tables,” said Kevin Garcia. Adalberto and Kevin are in Liz Taylor’s class while Erick is in Teresa Garcia’s classroom.

A station that involved the process used for creating and applying makeup used in movies and TV shows like “The Walking Dead,” proved a big hit to Alondra Reyes and Gaby Ocampo.

Loudres Leon enjoyed a station where students learned about calculating input and output on a project, while Angelica Castro was excited about the food at the “Perfect Italian” table.

Alondra, Lourdes and Angelica are also in Taylor’s fourth-grade classroom, Gaby is a student in Lauren Schroeder’s class.