Geometry Cutting Board High School Project

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Project by PaintByLumbers posted 10-17-2013 12:46 AM 4000 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first example of a project for the Woodshop Geometry curriculum that I am working on.
I want to blend woodworking with geometry and physics. Bringing woodshop back to schools and integrating it with core classes to help make learning hands, bring the art of woodworking back, and not to mention fund woodshop classes that are quickly being cut in education.

I would love any input that anyone can give me/ideas :)
You could also check out the website that I am starting to put together.

-- Sven Gasser

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#1 posted 10-17-2013 01:35 AM

Sounds nice, but I’d be concerned about the students learning basics first. Then again, I didn’t make the hammered bunnies and ashtrays and such projects that were in the regular curriculum when I was in metal (or wood) shop. I asked for projects that could be used by people. One example was a burlap bag holder for the janitors to use after they emptied them. This was in the ‘60s. I developed a spring loaded clip and bracket that they could use to load the bags after they were emptied. 40+ years hence, burlap is a designer material and plastic goes out with the trash. I applaud your efforts to give the students a connection between math, physics and wood.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#2 posted 10-17-2013 04:13 AM

There are some wood puzzles that teach/show math/geometry/physics.

The SOMA cube from Piet Hein who was a mathematician, furniture designer, author, poet, etc; check him out on the web and I think you may find some answers.

IBM also has some research available on the web regarding “burrs” that can also be very challenging both in math and woodworking.

-- "Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." -- Aldous Huxley

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Monte Pittman

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#3 posted 10-17-2013 05:19 AM

Interesting project. Looks like an abstract of the state of Texas. I do wish you luck on your endeavor.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Kaleb the Swede

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#4 posted 10-17-2013 11:46 AM

As a high school teacher (teaching music) the non core classes such as shop and music are always seen as less than the other subjects. It seems to imply that students don’t learn anything in those classes; and they are always the first to go if the budget doesn’t allow for it.

Anything you can do to teach the art and integrate learning in the minds of students (and most especially the other students and other faculty/administration who don’t see it that way).

Great Job. I’m with you 100%

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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Gene Howe

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#5 posted 03-30-2022 11:10 AM

There are so many ways that woodworking skills can be integrated with other curricular endeavors. Math being one of the most obvious. But, exploration of Fibonacci, for instance, can lead to botanical, mechanical, and historical subjects, quite easily. As would an in depth study of the Golden Mean.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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