Math K’NEXtions debut latest amusement park

Posted on March 14, 2016, in Academics

General McLane High School students in the Math K’Nextions class have debuted their latest amusement park — Debbieland.

The students designed and built an entire amusement park using K’Nex building sets. The project is the culmination of a 9-week math elective class, taught by Mr. Delsandro. The class was broken into three teams, each of which consisted of a team manager, a project manager and a team of engineers.

This class uses a hands-on approach to discovering mathematical concepts. Students work together in teams to brainstorm, design, engineer, test and analyze a project made from K-NEX pieces. Through this process, students use their creativity and communication skills to conceptualize a city from start to finish. In October, the students designed and created their own city.

The project reiterates the use of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) in the classroom, a concept that focuses on creativity and exploration in the learning process through project-based learning.