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Math beyond the classroom

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Richland, WA- When your kids ask you why they need to know math, tell them this.

Today engineering students at Columbia Basin College took the freshmen at Delta High School outside and let them get hands-on experience with equipment works.

The math students have been working with angles, and their teachers wanted to let them see and touch a real-life application.

"It's not just a couple of lines on a piece of paper," says CBC Associate Professor Paige Wyatt. " It has real meaning, a real use. The other nice thing is surveying is an excellent field to go into, so it could lead to some careers if the kids dive in an really enjoy it."

In case your kids ask, surveying helps engineers determine land boundaries and build straight and level roads.