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Get Bent

School: High Tech High

City/State: San Diego, CA

Grade(s): 12

Format(s): Book: Nonfiction/Informational

Subject(s): English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Technology, Visual Arts

Project Overview

This book was created by seniors at High Tech High in San Diego, California.  During this three-month long project, teams of students created a chair with a bend or curve and a lamp of their own design. Following the completion of this project, they put together a book presenting their creation and explaining their process and calculations in detail. The project incorporated the student of three-dimensional geometry, physics, and calculus. 

To prepare for this assignment, students worked in class on the mathematics behind curves and bends. In addition, they completed research on the history of design. This multidisciplinary process allowed students to incorporate many subjects into a singular project.

After studying marketing and advertising the students created advertisements to promote their products.

Each group presented an incredibly sophisticated, creative and professional final project. The success of this project was a result in the cooperation between the students and their teachers Andrew Gloag (physics and math) and Jeff Robin (art). 

How This Project Can Be Useful

  • Combination of visual art and mathematics challenges students both creatively and academically
  • An appealing and engaging product – a professional quality layout and production that still contains the look and feel of real student work
  • Working in teams on a project with multiple elements teaches students time management and collaboration skills

Relevant Resources

Common Core State Standards

Standard Long Term Learning Target
  • I can apply the Law of Sines and Cosines to problems involving unknown measures in right and non-right triangles.
  • I can describe real world objects using the measures and properties of geometric shapes.
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