Access Ramp

This Access Ramp activity & project also includes:

Just about every public building that your high schoolers are familiar with has an access ramp which complies with ADA requirements. As it turns out, designing such a ramp is an excellent activity to incorporate slope, the Pythagorean Theorem, trigonometry ratios, angles of elevation, and geometry. After all the calculations are complete, learners write recommendation letters to outline the specific advantages and disadvantages to specific designs. 

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CCSS: Designed
Pros

  • Includes possible extensions to build this task into a larger interdisciplinary project
  • Addresses specific literacy standards, making for a well-rounded project
  • Well-defined, real-world activity that will appeal to a wide variety of learners
Cons

  • None