How many mannequins can you fit into your dream store?
That's the question global fashion studies students at Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School (CTE) contemplated as they learned how math applies to their career of choice.
The project, the latest in their integrated math class, gives a real-world application to a topic many high school students struggle with and answers the age-old question — "How will I use this in real life?"
"They have to know how many mannequins they can fit into their shop or store if they plan to have their own place," said integrated math teacher Michael Hazaz. "It makes it a little more real for them."
Career and Technical School students take integrated math, science and English classes depending on their program during their time at CTE.
The courses prepare students for the real-world applications of the standard high school subjects, such as learning how fashion designers will need geometry to operate a boutique.
Another example is the science of cooking, in which culinary students earlier this year learned during their integrated science class how cross-contamination of germs and bacteria occurs in the kitchen and how to prevent this.
"I learn better when I understand how it will apply to me later in life," a 2016 CTE nursing assistant program graduate said of the integrated courses she took.
Hazaz said the fashion students recently heard from a fashion program graduate about her store and the space requirements. Once the students complete the design of their dream boutiques using geometric principles of area and perimeter, he said, they will turn them into prisms and then determine, among other things, how many mannequins they can fit into their store, what else they must have and the size and area of those items, etc.
"It's about real-life applications for these required subjects," Hazaz said.
In the top photo, teacher Mike Hazaz works with Alexis Derby of Cohoes in fashion class.
To the right, Brianna Colucci from Duanesburg and Mikayla Vohs from Cohoes work on an integrated math problem.