# Math Problems

Math Problems / 16.10.2022

## Creekbed Reconstruction After a Wildfire

In 2012, the Waldo Canyon fire burned 18,000 acres outside of Colorado Springs, CO.  After the fire, flooding risks increase drastically.  The Castle at Glen Eyrie, a historic structure built between 1871 and 1903 was at risk of flooding.  In order to...

Math Problems / 31.01.2022

## Flu Virus Classroom Activity

Goal:  To give a visual model to how rapidly contagious diseases spread.  This activity can be adapted to many levels of math knowledge.   Teacher Notes:  You may want to research the Corona virus spread rate and lay groundwork for the students.  Be sensitive to deaths that...

Math Problems / 30.03.2021

## Tree Bench Project

Part 1:  Project Design Design and build a tree bench that is five 2x4’s wide.   Show your drawings and your math problems in a clear sequence.  Create a cut list to include the angle size(s) and length. Specifics assigned: Diameter of tree_______ Shape of the bench_______ How far from the tree will the...

Math Problems / 03.10.2020

## An Engineering/Construction Investigation

Many great construction/engineering projects have been built around the world.  Maybe you live close to a structure that stands out as one of these marvels.  Choose one of these structures.  Using a search engine, research how it was built.   Write a one page summary of the project.  Include:  1.     Why was it...

Math Problems / 20.10.2019

## Team Builder: Paper Roller Coasters

TEACHER NOTES: This is a great activity for the beginning of the year for team building.  This activity is done in teams of 4 and takes approximately 120-150 minutes so we suggest doing this over 2 or 3 class periods.  For the templates, go to https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/paper-roller-coasters/ or https://www.paperrollercoasters.com.  For the bases, take...

Math Problems / 08.01.2019

## Washer and Candy Lab

Washer and Candy lab    Can you guess the number of each? Teacher Notes Materials Needed: Bags or cups, enough for 1 per group of students.  Two objects such as nuts, bolts, washers, candy, etc or 16d and 8d nails (they need to be uniform size), etc.  A scale that...

Math Problems / 10.10.2018

## A  Simple but Powerful Example of Contextualized Mathematics

Below is an activity provided by Dave Pfortmiller.  This activity could be used in either Geometry in Construction or AMPED.  Thanks Dave. What is the slope of the vent stack? What is the slope of the Main sewer line drain? What is the slope of the floor? What is...

Math Problems / 30.03.2018

## A New Trail Mix Snack for Hiking: A Pearson Square Mixture Activity

Situation:  AMPED students are expanding their entrepreneur spirit into food production.  They have decided to create a new cereal snack mix with a 18% protein content.  Below is a listing of the possible ingredients that you can combine to create this mix. Ingredients Protein Content Cost (cents per...

Math Problems / 11.12.2017

## First T-Shirt Job

Below are the 6 slips of paper to be handed to each group of 4 students.  The students are to read out loud, and work to complete the questions (Group Goal) listed on the last slip of paper.  Thanks to Casey Korn, Sam Haug, and...

Math Problems / 30.08.2017

## The 30-60-90 Challenge

Goal:  Draw a 30 and 60 degree angle using only a framing square.  Twelve sided columns were used in many historical homes.  How did carpenters then (and now) use the framing square to create the needed angles of 30 and 60 degrees? Materials allowed:  Paper, pencil,...