At Orange Glen High School this week, students were busy building miniature cars out of mousetraps, and packing eggs to withstand a three-story drop.
Those activities were part of Escondido Union High School District’s math academy, designed to help students think about math in more creative, constructive ways. The academy is open to all incoming freshmen in the district, including those who can’t get enough of math, and others who need extra help.
“I hope that they walk away from this program believing that math is enjoyable and believing that everyone is capable of doing math,” said Abi Leaf, math specialist for the high school district. “The intention is to help kids feel good about mathematics, to realize that math isn’t something to be afraid of.”
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