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Staircases to Nowhere

School: High Tech High

City/State: San Diego, CA

Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12

Format(s): Model: Architectural

Subject(s): Mathematics, Visual Arts

Project Overview

In the fall of 2015, High Tech High students designed staircases. They created scale models and full size "staircases to nowhere" around the school. Using play they designed a 1:10 staircase themselves.

With a partner using trigonometry and CAD they designed and built a 1:5 scale staircase and with a party of 10 they created life-size Staircases to Nowhere at various locations in the school. It is a conceptual art piece, physics and math project.

How This Project Can Be Useful

  • An excellent model of the level of quality work that can be achieved by having high standards for student work.
  • Outstanding model of a beautiful and compelling product that is interdisciplinary (art, math, literacy).
  • Highlights individual student work as well as collaborative work from larger student groups.

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