Third graders in Mrs. Lowe’s classroom at Tenth Street Elementary have had several parents visit and speak to students about several career fields and the way classes relate to professions ranging from health and science to writing and fine art.
Recently, a parent working as an architect came in to talk about his work designing a playground for Allegheny County Parks. After his talk, students were asked to decide what playground equipment they’d put in a park if they had the chance. Using mathematics skills learned in class, students used their practical knowledge of area to measure, arrange and place objects. They even used a surveyor's wheel, also called a trundle wheel, to measure distances in the Tenth Street playground as a frame of reference!
With the research done, students were able to cut a properly-scaled paper model of equipment and placed it on their park blueprint.
Thanks to our parents for inspiring our students, Mrs. Lowe for her wisdom, and our students for their curiosity and hard work!