Archbishop Ryan High School Hosts Annual Calculus/Statistics Container Design Project

Tuesday, May 31st

Archbishop Ryan High School will host its annual “Calculus/Statistics Container Design Project” on Tuesday, May 31, 2016.  40 Advanced Placement Calculus and Statistics students will compete this year.  The students will be joined by nearly 60 judges including professional engineers, educators, and Archbishop Ryan graduates who participated in the competition as students.

The purpose of the container design project is to teach a method of problem solving in an industrial environment while bringing together a variety of academic disciplines.  During the project students will be asked to put their skills in the areas of time management, team-work, diplomacy, problem-solving, and real-life applications of Calculus and Statistics to the test.  Thanks to financial support from Lockheed Martin, Sartomer USA, Crown, Cork, and Seal and private donations, monetary prizes are awarded each year to the winning teams.

Past project topics have included a container designed to transport a human heart for Open-Heart Surgery, a “Hoagie Hugger” and a device for “Perfectly Popped Popcorn.”  This project has been instrumental in capturing many awards, including the National Presidential Award, USA Today Award, American Stars of Teaching Recognition and the Air Force Association Educator Grant.

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