After a math class at Lake Forest Middle School presents its findings based on a tour at the local Whirlpool plant, the same students will begin a project involving the Run Now Relay.
On April 12, 26 local runners will leave Cleveland to run all the way to Boston to show support for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing that took place in 2013.
The runners will take turns running all the way to Boston accompanied by vehicles as a safety precaution. The goal is to show support for the bombing victims and raise money for two Boston children’s charities, Dream Big and the One Step Ahead Foundation.
The runners plan to cover over 1,000 miles in only eight days, a feat that is set to be accomplished with careful planning and a route winding its way through other states, including Virginia and Connecticut.
Jermaine Bowe’s seventh-grade honors math class recently learned about percentages. When the teacher was brainstorming ways to allow students to use real-life examples in their math studies, he decided the logistics of the Run Now Relay would provide the class with the next good opportunity.
“We’re going to track the whole journey of the race,” Bowe said.
Students will be learning about ratios and integers as they keep track of the runners’ planned route and journey.
Before he leaves, a runner taking part in the relay is set to visit the class and explain the run’s route. That will then give the students the chance to crunch numbers and make their own estimates of things like how much time the run will take. Once the race happens, the students will get the opportunity to check their work.
Bowe said he would be keeping in contact with the runners and sharing updates with the students.
The class will begin the project the week prior to the run. After the run takes place, students divided into teams will make presentations about their findings to the class.
Bowe said the project will encompass more subjects than just math — a goal set forth by the Common Core state standards. In addition to learning about math, students will be practicing their language arts skills by journaling their thoughts and findings while the run is taking place.
Students will also be learning about social studies, as Bowe will be teaching them about American cities as the runners travel through them. They will also be practicing their science skills and learning how the probability of certain weather predictions will have an impact on how the runners stay on schedule.
Students in the class have expressed their appreciation for having such departures from normal math homework in Bowe’s class. While they had not yet received all the details on the Run Now Relay project yet, some said they like any opportunity they get to solve real-life math problems.
“We don’t have a normal math class,” student Bailey Roger said. “We do cool things.”
In addition to the class project, Bowe said the school is also looking into the possibility of helping raise money for the cause.