What does it take to be a Master of Math? Gwen Franich’s GCMS College and Career class has been finding out each Friday, learning firsthand how math is used in different careers, and from a variety of professionals. Visiting with Harold Miller and Kyle Cannon of WRECC they had an opportunity to see how math is put to the test in the utilities profession.
Drawing examples from common electrical items that students use every day - like hair dryers and computers - Miller walked them through figuring the costs that eventually end up on parents’ monthly utility bills. They discovered ways to save energy at home, and also learned that even in today’s technology-driven world, written records are still important.
In thank you notes, written after their field trip, 8th grader Connor Mann found it “interesting to see how you recorded things handwritten in books!” Ethan Cates, a 7th grader, thought it was ”cool to see how you use math in your job.” Another 7th grader, Mackenzie Kincheloe, said “Warren RECC is a really cool place.”
Franich said the class really enjoyed the opportunity to learn about math in a career setting as they explore fields they may be interested in for their future. Additional speakers will help student explore even more careers in math as the year progresses. “The students are very excited to learn how math is used in each of these careers.”
Learning about careers early on, and in their actual settings, is just part of what College and Career Readiness is all about at GCMS. Each Friday, students enjoy special classes on career focus areas in which they have an interest and aptitude.
The "Masters of Math", for example, must have an "A" or "B" average from previous math courses. They were also identified through an interest inventory taken last school year. “All students in my class chose a mathematical career as a top choice,” said Franich.
The class is designed to give students an awareness of how different professions use math on a daily basis, she added. “ Sometimes a student doesn’t know he or she is interested in a certain profession until he or she has been exposed to that profession. This class gives them the opportunity to see options firsthand. “
In addition to the WRECC visit, the class has explored math careers in music, sports, video game design, aviation, paleontology, and architecture.
Barrack Watts studies a water meter with keen interest.
Miller and Kyle Cannon took turns talking about different utility costs and energy savings tips.
Harold Miller with the “BIG BOOK”, as the kids referred to it. Even in today’s often “paperless” offices, written documentation is still essential.