In Ms. Ghadiali’s and Ms. Albertyn's 7th grade math classes, students are working on building candy boxes using their design thinking skills and some software and tools available in our Danoff Family Innovation Center.
For some students, math isn’t always fun. But when you throw in Design Thinking, 3D Printing, and candy, what could be bad? Seventh grade math teacher Alifiyah Ghadiali, along with Sadie Albertyn and Sue Fisher, came up with a project to help students learn about volume and surface area of 3-D figures that was a little bit outside the box. Or should we say about the box?
Each student was assigned a candy, and was tasked with designing a candy carton that could fit 18 pieces of candy, but minimize wasted space. They were given one piece of candy to help them come up with their original design, and created a prototype in Designer. Then they printed it out on the laser cutter. Once the prototype was complete, they would try to fit all 18 pieces snugly into the carton. If the first iteration didn’t work, it was back to the digital drawing board.
The 7th graders had a great time completing the project!