Middle School students work together to construct a miniature model home for the ‚ÄòIf I Had A Hammer’ project during the 2nd Annual Math to Careers Middle School Conference at Clover Park Technical College. Students worked in teams to construct the home, applying real-life math calculations to assemble the house.
Clover Park Technical College (CPTC) saw more than 600 eighth and ninth graders from three Pierce County school districts attended the 2nd Annual Math to Careers Middle School Conference Tuesday, May 8, 2007 on the main Lakewood campus.
Students, counselors, teachers and educators from the Tacoma, Bethel and Clover Park school districts convened for this unique, hands-on math learning experience. The event took math out of the classroom and gave students an up close and personal look at how the subject is applied in different careers.
Students enjoyed live demonstrations from law enforcement, fire service personnel and construction crews. CPTC instructors showcased their programs using hands-on workshops, face-to-face interactive exercises, small group activities, and classroom tours.
Motivational speaker Dr. Arthur Benjamin entertained students during a one-hour, high-energy “Mathemagics: The Art of Mental Calculation” presentation. Dr. Benjamin demonstrated his secrets for performing rapid mental math calculations faster than a calculator.
CPTC programs that participated in workshops, hands-on exercises and classroom tours included healthcare, cosmetology, culinary arts, media design and video production, computer programming and networking, and finance and banking. Additionally, automotive, fire service, electrical, aviation, construction, and environmental science programs provided activities as well.
The Math to Careers Middle School Conference is developed by Janet Holm in the College Relations Department. The event was sponsored by Clover Park Rotary Club, Joyce Oubre, Lakewood Fire Department, Lakewood Police Department, Harborstone Credit Union, Army National Guard, Pierce County Workforce Development Council, Parkland/Spanaway Rotary, AGC Education Foundation, Construction Center of Excellence, Rainier Communications, Tacoma Pierce County Employment and Training Consortium, and SW WA Electrical JATC.