Making paper planes may not seem like a natural transition to learning about maths in the real world but recently a group of secondary school students found the connection when visiting More4apps as part of a Smart Waikato transition to work program.
Smart Waikato is working with over 21 secondary schools in the Waikato region, and more than 4000 students over the next three years to show how school subjects work in a real-world context. More4apps joins over 140 employers in the Waikato region participating in the program.
Partnering with teachers from St John’s College the More4apps team worked to develop a learning opportunity that highlighted the use of maths. The team visited the school and talked to Year 10 students about the different roles within the organization, previous experience, and study pathways.
Students also got to visit the More4apps offices and see “maths in action” in the workplace. Groups or teams were formed and briefed on a design task -creating a long flight paper plane. They then participated in the paper plane challenge, flying them to make the maximum amount of points. The concept behind this simple task was designed to foster an understanding of working to a brief, planning, and working as a team.