Custer Students Practice Math at Wind Cave
High school students from Custer recently had the opportunity to put their math skills to the test in a real-world situation when they participated in a mapping project at South Dakota’s Wind Cave National Park.
Fourteen students from the school’s pre-calculus class used a compass, clinometer, and measuring tape to collect data in the cave before using their trigonometry skills to develop a cave map.
We find this is a great way to bring to life some of the concepts we’ve been teaching in the classroom. Kathy Bradeen, Custer High School math teacher
With the extra help of additional staff from Jewel Cave National Monument, the students were split into small groups. They first worked to determine the vertical distance between the cave’s Lower and Middle Elevator Landings before collecting data that allowed them to draw a complete map of the Garden of Eden Tour Route.
Wind Cave has partnered with the Custer High School for over ten years on this lesson plan. The park’s curriculum-based environmental education program began in 1986.
Wind Cave Turns into Real Math Problem for Custer Students [Wind Cave National Park]