Floyd County students spent time building bridges out of paper and calculating window panes in the College Chapel at the recent Kaleidoscope Math Trail field trip.
On Thursday and Friday, approximately 275 second, third, and fourth graders from 11 Floyd County Schools visited Berry College. Students completed Math Trail workbooks and various educational activities with the help of education and math majors. The activities were designed so elementary students could apply math skills to real world situations.
"We began planning the event last spring when the Floyd County Schools Kaleidoscope (gifted) program approached us about doing math related activities at Berry for their end of year field trip," said Assistant Professor of Mathematics Jill Cochran who organized the event. "The Math Trail provided a wonderful opportunity for our education and math majors to interact with elementary students and teach engaging math concepts through hands-on activities."
Sarah Jones, a junior education major from Lecanto, Fla., said she enjoyed working with kids from the community.
"One of the physics-based activities that we organized involved the kids making a bridge out of paper. The following day, a mother told me that her son had used an enormous amount of paper continuing the project around his own house," Jones said. "Berry's education program does an excellent job of preparing students to become teachers in the classroom." Article by Student Public Relations Assistant Hayden Sloan and photos by Student Photographer Sarah Garrett