The 2nd annual Mini-Golf Design-Build-Play project tee'd off last week in Jeanine Braak's and Derrick Keister's geometry classes. Students' scaling skills were tested as they created 2D-scale designs of a 3-foot by 6-foot mini-golf hole that included a required list of geometric figures and relationships; they were also asked to plan and map out the perfect hole-in-one ball path while considering angles of incidence and reflection.
Spatial reasoning and the engineering process were put into play as the students spent two days converting their 2D plans into 3D, playable golf holes. Students measured and tested ball paths and iteratively enhanced their builds, combining each group member's design. There were even a few hole-in-ones! Way to take on this real-life application of math, students!