Seventh Graders Solve Gridlock With Algebra

Seventh Graders Solve Gridlock With Algebra

Seventh grade students learned to apply what they have learned in math this to a real world problem, and something anyone traveling to Wells Avenue can relate to, traffic! Seventh Grade Math Teacher, Susanne Heidt shares about the experience, “Mark Love, a Traffic Engineer from New Hampshire, visits with our seventh graders each year to share a bit of how he uses algebra to solve engineering problems. He gives a little background information, then immediately poses a problem for the students to solve. They work together to find the most efficient way to clear an intersection of traffic using real data and a 90 second traffic light cycle. Sounds pretty basic, until the challenge becomes seemingly impossible. For 90 minutes, our students are pulled into the real world of an engineer, using various math topics to solve problems. They really get into it! This year,┬áthree creative students solved a 10th grade problem, and shared their solution with classmates. This was a true ‘Growth Mindset’ presentation, proving to be thought-provoking and challenging for even the brightest students!”

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