By WLWT.com –
ANDERSON TOWNSHIP, Ohio —Students at one Anderson Township school have been learning how to apply math to the real world.
Teachers at Nagel Middle School are teaching students with real-world scenarios.
One example is the new Mercy Anderson Hospital. Students have been working with the construction team to suggest ways to alleviate a parking problem for the expanding hospital. The students met with the team Friday to make presentations of solutions.
“I thought they were awesome and each one of them had some kind of creativity. The students took the project seriously. They came to our site and they took measurements,” Dr. Steve Feagins from Mercy Health Anderson Hospital said.
“I thought they were excellent. They all did a really good job and they put a lot of thought into it and worked hard and it showed,” architect David Glover said.
The students’ teachers said this type of project helps them apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to solving real problems.
“It was really new. I had never done anything like this before, but it really let me have a hands-on experience with the real world,” said eighth-grader Mac Dulle.
The students’ plans could help the architects decide on the final hospital parking plan.
“I think it’s really cool to be like, ‘I was responsible for that design.’ We got to work on it and do it ourselves. As a teenager, it was really cool to have that responsibility,” said eighth-grader Naomi Manaster.
It also helped students decide on future careers.
“I’ve thought about being an architect before, but I’ve never done anything to follow it, so this was a good first step,” Dulle said.
“I never really thought about being an architect before, but now I think it would be a really fun job,” Manaster said.
The planners will now decide on a winning team design. Those students will get an invitation back to the hospital for the groundbreaking.