As a supplement to the rigorous math curriculum offered at the middle school level, students at Elwood Middle School participated in an interactive math museum called The Math Midway. Sponsored by an Elwood Education Endowment teacher grant, The Math Midway is a traveling math exhibit from the National Museum of Mathematics in New York City.
From May 13 through 15, students visited the museum during their math classes and rotated through six different learning stations. They were challenged to complete tasks while developing an understanding of various math concepts. Among the stations were “Ring of Fire,” where students observed the cross-section of a translucent solid, the “Roller Graphicoaster,” where they tested and adjusted the slope of a track to make the coaster even faster, and “Organ Function Grinder,” which allowed them to create their own math functions.