Yukon math students create edible homework

Canadian Valley Technology Center instructor tries to make math fun.
BY BILL KRAMER Published: November 10, 2012
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— Cheryl Brannum understands that upper-level high school math is not the favored subject of most 16- and 17-year-olds.

Nevertheless, the trig/pre-AP calculus teacher at Canadian Valley Technology Center tries to make math fun.

One of the latest topics covered was trig unit circles, used to visualize and study trigonometry functions. Unit circles have to be round in shape, which makes them perfect for edible homework assignments.

Bethany senior Julia Proctor baked and iced a cake with a unit circle shaped like a mummy. Classmate Taylor Lee, a senior at Yukon, made a giant crispy rice snack. Mary Misini, a Mustang senior, placed her unit circle on a purple pumpkin.

Brannum said the students were anxious to eat their projects once grades were recorded.

All the students are also enrolled in biomedical sciences, a college-prep class at the Cowan Campus near Yukon that is geared for those planning to pursue careers in top medical fields or in scientific research.