High School Students Show off Skills at the INL

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Updated: 4/09/2013 6:49 pm

        A lot of times students have a hard time applying the math they learn in class to the real world, but students at Compass Academy got to experience how to do just that, first hand.

Algebra II students from compass academy are testing what they’ve learned about quadratic equations. They’ve teamed up with the INL to use their 3-D computer assisted virtual environment.

“It was a great project, it took a lot of time and a lot of independent study as a group, we relied on our teacher to help us when we needed help, but it required us to gout and study what we wanted to do” said sophomore Heidi Schwicht.

“It’s a great opportunity for them, opportunity for them to come to a place like this, see what the cave is all about, see what opportunities there are in math and engineering and to get that real world vision on what they can actually accomplish in a couple years” said Algebra teacher Michael Jacobson.

Compass Academy makes an effort to provide students with opportunities to apply what they have learned in class to real world situations.

“It was awesome to be able to come up with our own situation and then work with it and figure out how we can make the algebra work in the real world and that’s something you don’t get to do a lot at a regular school learning from a textbook so it was a lot of fun to figure that out” said sophomore Nathan Bidstrup.

“I think it helps me realize how often we us it in everyday occurrences and jobs we will get in the future, it allows us to, instead of memorizing numbers it allows us to see it in real life and allows us to learn how to use it in the proper way” continued Schwicht.

The algebra students had a month to put these projects together and be ready to present to a panel of engineers at the INL.

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