On Wednesday, September 20, students in the MOMENTUM Physics in Home Renovation and Mathematics in Home Renovation courses took part in a service learning opportunity with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity. Students volunteered at various Habitat work sites to frame walls, place windows, build a patio, paint walls, secure scaffolding, measure and cut lumber and put some of their early construction learning into action.
Students’ biggest takeaways from the experience ranged from task-based confidence in installing stone patios to the importance of interpersonal skills, such as communication, teamwork and working safely to complete a job. In a post-event survey, 100% of participants shared that they would recommend the experience to their friends.
“These responses warm my heart because this is the essence of what we are trying to capture with the MOMENTUM experience,” shared Brent Veninga, MOMENTUM program coordinator.
Physics and Mathematics in Home Renovation are two courses within the MOMENTUM Construction Systems pathway. The multidisciplinary courses combine concepts from math and science courses with real-world applications in home renovation. Classes are team-taught by instructors from mathematics, science and technology education to provide students with well-rounded and comprehensive applied learning experiences.