Learning math lessons at FMIS using aluminum foil

There’s enough aluminum foil and duct tape in the classroom of sixth grade math teacher Lauren Parish at Frank Mitchell Intermediate School to wrap the city of Vilonia. Yet, that was never in the plans. Instead, the students have turned 75 rolls of the shiny wrap into individual robots.

A fun project, the students used surface area formulas to calculate the precise amount of aluminum foil needed to entirely cover their robot. The students were encouraged to use their creativity as well as math skills constructing not only bodies but heads, hats, legs and arms. In addition to the small ones, the students worked as a team to build one large one which they named “Fred.”