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Students create sports teams for math project

By Ryan Cornell

FRONT ROYAL -- Students at Skyline High School recently channeled their inner "apprentice" when they were asked to design a professional sports franchise from scratch over the course of three weeks.

Presenting at a Warren County School Board meeting last week, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Greg Drescher said the project was assigned to 20 students enrolled in Skyline's math capstone class.

"The project was they needed to persuade Donald Trump to invest in their sports team," he said. "They needed to brainstorm different cities to take the team, select the city based on data, select which sport, create graphs and charts and do pros and cons of analysis."

He said students were also responsible for creating a team mascot and developing a detailed budget proposal with plotted costs and revenues.

The six teams of students drew diagrams of their fields and stadiums and prepared commercials pitching the teams before presenting to the class.

"These kids learned a lot and enjoyed it," Drescher said. "This was their senior year, but I was looking at what if we started with this early on."

Board member Joanne Cherefko said the project sounded "fascinating."

"So many critical thinking skills went into the project," she said. "I love the integration of reading and writing and math."

The math capstone course involves a series of projects, including one earlier this year where students were assigned to plot land parcels and layout streets and subdivisions.

Contact staff writer Ryan Cornell at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rcornell@nvdaily.com

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