Students apply construction and math skills to build DNR cabin

June 05, 2009
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Students enrolled in the Carpentry & Building Construction with Applied Math course at Hopkins High School have built a small cabin that will be placed in a state park. The Department of National Resources was invited to a celebration marking the completion of the cabin. The cabin provides sleeping areas for five people. The Department of National Resources provided the funds to purchase all of the building materials for the cabin. This summer, the cabin will be moved to Flandreau State Park near New Ulm.

This course is designed to reinforce geometry and mathematics skills through hands-on construction experiences. Students combined and enhanced math and construction knowledge and skills as they studied cabinetry, carpentry, framing, site planning, plumbing, electrical and heating/ventilation/air conditioning. In addition to math, students learned about the construction trades, industry standards, licensing, and inspection procedures.

Students who completed this course, which is sponsored by Intermediate School District 287, may also earn credit from the Hennepin Technical College.

The course is so popular that next year, 22 students are enrolled, and two sections will be offered.

Instructors for the course are Dan Roden, technology education, and William Ruis, mathematics.


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