Math and Craft!
Whenever we make things, there's math involved. Although the math is often invisible, it becomes really obvious when you can't do the math you need to complete a project. This class will work to build students' math skills and math sense, both practicing computation and using math in projects. We'll do some building projects (in which students have to use geometry to plan out the lengths and widths of the wood that the need so that the pieces fit together), cooking projects (where the kids have to modify recipes to make the amount we need for the class), sewing projects (where students have to measure their models and then transform those measurements into fabric measurements), and knitting loom projects (where students have to use math to map out their patterns before hand). To complete projects students will have to perform calculations (including area and volume), to request (or construct) the materials that they need to construct their designs. The class should result in some very fun kid-made projects, stronger math skills, and a well-ingrained sense of how to put math to use in our everyday lives. Students should know the basics of adding and subtracting before starting the class, but we'll work on skills from there (and let students use calculators for math computation that is more than they have mastered so far).