High school teachers going over mathematical theories, rules and concepts regularly get the same question: When will we ever use this in real life?
This week, honors math teachers at Franklin Community High School wanted to show students people who really do use the lessons they teach, such as the Pythagorean theorem and how to measure height with triangles. So they invited local land surveyors to the high school this week to answer that question.
Surveyors from throughout central Indiana spoke with about 500 honors students from Franklin’s geometry and pre-calculus courses about how the lessons they’re learning now are used in their careers. They also wanted the students to see how the skills and technology they learn and use as surveyors could help them in other industries, such as filmmaking and video game design.