Eugene students explore how math is used in real life

Thirty-one high school students visited Western Shelter Systems, a Eugene company that makes flame-retardant shelters and clothing.

Posted: Sep. 20, 2018 12:20 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Geometry students at Willamette High School in Eugene got a chance Wednesday to see that what they’re learning in the classroom is used in real life.

Thirty-one high school students visited Western Shelter Systems, a Eugene company that makes flame-retardant shelters and clothing.

Workers explained to the students how they use geometry in their daily work – things like points, lines, planes and the Pythagorean theorem.

“It’s a little bit more difficult to measure a roof that’s a triangle than a roof that would be square because the tip of a triangle is not as wide as the edge of a triangle, so that was probably the hardest part,” sophomore Trevor Flaherty said.

Students also toured the plant and learned what it’s like to enter the workforce.

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