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January 12, 2017


MRHHS Takes on “Conics”

A class of Maplewood Richmond Heights High School students recently participated in a quarter long math project that had an interesting twist. Each member of the class was instructed to make their very own conic. At the end of the project, after it was graded, a number of architectural firms also came to MRH to officially “judge” the projects for an additional competition.

A conic is the intersection of a plane and a cone. Ellipse (v) Parabola (v) Hyperbola (v).By changing the angle and location of intersection, they can produce a circle, ellipse, parabola or hyperbola; or in the special case when the plane touches the vertex: a point, line or two intersecting lines. Students are given a set of criteria of different functions that they have to use such as parabola and hyperbola, from there they come up with different figures (such as R2D2). The students came up with all of the details and functions to create their designs and pictures.

There are currently ten conics projects on display in the Research and Design Center from the ten finalist from Joe Spinks’ Pre-Calculus class. Four different architectural firms were invited to come in and evaluate the student's work. Based on the firm's data, MRH awarded bronze, silver and gold medals to the students. Neera Golocheikine won first place in the competition.

View all of the conics here


For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.