Students win golf geometry contest
A trio of Tech Valley High School are seeing the immediate result of learning - and the result is sweet.
The students won ice cream in addition to a season's pass for miniature golfing at Oasis Family Funplex in North Greenbush for their design of a miniature golf hole in an "above par" lesson on geometry.
The freshmen - Sara Savoia, from Cairo, Samuel Walczyk, Lansingburgh, and Alyssa Decker, Rensselaer - won the contest with a music-themed miniature golf hole, a design deemed more interesting and informative than the seven others submitted by classmates. The designs were judged by teachers and business people who reviewed the students' work at TVHS.
Students in Nicole Gallo's and Mary VanHoomissen's SPLIT class recently completed the golf project in SPLIT class - a combination geometry and English class. The students spent a morning at the Oasis Family Funplex gathering measurements and determining angles for effective golf holes. They also interviewed the facility's owner.
VanHoomissen said the project involves students developing an effective strategy for playing mini golf using geometry as a guide.Based on student interviews, the project worked.