Problem Solving in the Geometry Class: Hands-on Reasoning about Polygons, Perimeter, and Area (051617)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Alexander T. Pond Science & Engineering Resource Center
118 Frelinghuysen Rd.
Piscataway, NJ 08854

Geometry provides a rich context for genuine reasoning and problem solving. In this workshop we will use a hands-on approach to tackle fun geometry problems on the topics of polygons, area, and perimeter.  Using Geoboards and several other materials, we will explore approaches of varying sophistication to solving each problem, in the process employing a wide range of theoretical tools. The chosen problems are “low floor, high ceiling”: any middle school student can start working and make progress on them, but the problems can also be taken into several more challenging directions, some of which give high school students an opportunity to employ the more theoretical tools covered in a high school class. (Recommended for Grades 5-10)