Just prior to our winter break, Westridge 6th graders display their “Candy House” creations for the entire Westridge community to view. Students combine mathematical precision, frosting, and of course candy to create these sugary structures. The girls learn about geometric solids, math nets, and how to take their designs from 2D to 3D. To build their houses, each student creates a template on graph paper, showing the dimensions of each 2D shape and finding its area and perimeter. Shape surface areas are then added together to determine how many cans of frosting to buy.
It is a truly sweet beginning to the holiday season and an assignment the girls have just as much fun eating as they do learning.