(Mountain Home) – Finding geometric shapes in everyday objects was the challenge for Arkansas State University-Mountain Home (ASUMH) students who plan to be teachers themselves some day. The result: polygons, prisms, pyramids, spheres, and more. Dr. Christy Preis, Assistant Professor of Mathematics at ASUMH, said the project was one of the course requirements for students in Mathematics for Teachers 2 this semester.
“This was a project about seeing geometry in everyday life. Students were to choose a theme for the project, and take photos of geometric shapes/figures that fit their theme,” said Preis. A few geometric shapes and figures they found were: parallel lines, perpendicular lines, intersecting lines, points, lines, planes, segments, rays, angles, prisms, pyramids, cylinders, cones, spheres, and symmetry. “With this project, students began to see geometry everywhere they looked,” said Preis. “You can learn the textbook definitions, but this project makes students go out and find geometry in the real world. It gives them new ideas for teaching math to young children.”
Themes students explored in the project included Geometry in Music, Geometry in Road Signs, Geometry in Landscape, Geometry in Furniture, and Geometry Inside a Computer, to name a few.The students mounted their photos on foam boards with an appropriate title and labels.The boards were displayed around campus in the lobbies of three of the academic buildings at ASUMH. In addition to the foam board, students turned in a 1.5 to 2 page paper that described their impressions of the activity (what they learned, why they chose the geometric shapes, and whether they would do this activity with a class).
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