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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Math and art combined for ‘math’terpiece event

  • Fifth- and sixth-grade students in the Newburg R-II School District had the chance to combine their math, art, communication, technology and cultural engagement skills during a new event last month.
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  • Fifth- and sixth-grade students in the Newburg R-II School District had the chance to combine their math, art, communication, technology and cultural engagement skills during a new event last month.
    During the first Newburg R-II Schools “math”terpiece event held May 9, students presented artwork they had created, which required them to integrate geometric designs using at least three types of mediums.
    Students were allowed to choose from the following mediums — watercolor, crayon, colored pencil and melted crayon.
    The finished pieces portrayed various themes, ranging from the abstract to real life representations.
    The students explained their pieces and then answered questions from Amanda Peery, art teacher for grades kindergarten through six as well as questions from their peers.
    Teresa West, Newburg Middle School math teacher, expressed the sentiment of the event when she said, “Even though the students were apprehensive about speaking publicly they still felt a sense of excitement when they presented their artwork.”
    The first-place winners for the fifth grade classes were Russell Baumer and Isabel Bramel. Second-place winners in grade five were Dakota Olson and Riley Jackson. Third-place winners were Micheal Volkman and Adriana Mason.
    The first-place winners for the sixth grade classes were Alex Wagner and Mac Douglas-Hale while second-place winners were Mirando Casto and Lorianne Prewett. Third-place winners in the sixth grade were Lorren Black and Cora Doyen.
    The concept for the “math”terpiece event stemmed from teacher Jennifer Larkin’s discussion with an educator from another district.
    Larkin proposed the idea to Peery and West, who then tailored the event to engage students in this cross-curricular activity which integrated math, art, communication arts, technology and cultural engagement.
    The event began with an introduction by former Missouri University of Science and Technology mathematics doctoral student Pawel Wojcicki.
    The fifth- and sixth-grade students and teachers were welcomed, via Skype, from Wojcicki’s home in Warsaw, Poland.
    Cheese, crackers and juice were provided to simulate an art gallery opening and the artwork was displayed in a main hallway to assure increased exposure for all students and staff.
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