High School Students Study Geometry using Concrete Canoe
In 2014, students at
Chaparral High School (San Dimas,
CA) spent three weeks designing a concrete canoe, using skills they
had learned in geometry class to calculate the volume of geometric shapes,
with geometry teacher Don Cartwright.
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written by Melissa Masatani for the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. Also, see
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Exeter Academy Builds Concrete Canoe to National Specifications
In 2011, Michael
Carnivale, long time CNCCC member, started giving guidance to
a team of high school students in the Engineering Club (MecExeter) at
Philips Exeter Academy
on building a concrete canoe. The students built a wooden mold to the
specifications used for the U.S. National Concrete Canoe Competition and
placed their concrete canoe over it.
Students carry their concrete canoe across
campus after successfully performing a float test.
Exeter Academy is a prep boarding high school in New Hampshire and their
engineering club has over 30 active members ranging
from 9th to 12th graders. The school
offers over 450 courses in a variety of subject areas and is known for its
unique method of teaching called the Harkness table. With each class
composed of a maximum of 13 students, classes are taught around an oval
table where seminar style discussion is encouraged.
Romeo High School Launches
2010 Concrete Canoe
For the second year
in a row, students at Romeo Engineering and Technology Center (RETC)
located in Romeo, Michigan, have proven what appears to be impossible -
design, build and float a canoe made of concrete.
Stephen Figurski and Emery Arnold
(left to right) take their canoe for a spin.
The concrete canoe
project at RETC grew to not only include Craig Bryant's Construction
Trades and Evva Dossin's Drafting classes, but also Aleda Morr's
Math-Science Math Theory and Alice Gryspeerd Biology classes. The concrete
canoe is a cross-curricular project incorporating theories of science,
math, design and construction all in one. Furthermore, students learned
the value of teamwork and communication. You can read more about this