This year's annual Clover Park Technical College Math Conference, held on October 9, once again featured a presentation by TCA. Jay Berndt and Cody Schwenn (Test Lab) had the opportunity to speak to four groups of about 30 middle school students throughout the day. In total, more than 800 students visited campus for the conference.
Cody, a Clover Park Technical College graduate, spoke to the students about his experience of transitioning from school to his job at TCA, and was able to explain the ways in which math applies to his work.
Jay also explained how math is applied in TCA's Test Lab, and focused on predicting outcomes. Using candy as an example, he walked the students through an exercise where they learned how to decide whether to keep their differing amounts of candy to themselves, or pool it all together to distribute evenly. They were able to answer the question by understanding the average pieces of candy per student.
The students gained knowledge of not only how the composites and aerospace industry has an impact on the world, but how math is applied through many different fields of work. TCA is happy to provide learning opportunities for students, and looks forward to future opportunities to engage young people and offer insight as they consider their career options.