Students assume the role of architect for building project

Randall Kipp discusses the challenges involved in designing homes to the students involved in Chesapeake Academy’s house building project.

To better understand the practical use of math in daily life, Chesapeake Academy (CA) algebra students are completing a project to build a house using algebraic skills including scale, ratios, proportions, measurements, compound interest and greater algebraic functions.

Each algebra student acts as an architect for a sixth grade client to develop plans for their “dream house” while staying within an allotted budget, said head of school Julianne Duvall 

“Currently, in our house building project, I am working on figuring out where rooms, bathrooms, closets, etc. are supposed to go. The hardest part about this stage is I need to figure out what room in a specific place will benefit my client and myself the most. With the budget I was given, I need to be precise and careful about where everything will go,” said eighth grader Sam Antonio.

Teams are learning about operating within a budget as….

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