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NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – Four students  from Alexis Candelario's fourth grade class at Columbus Elementary School had the winning floor plan in the school's 10th annual "Math through Design" EXPO Thursday.

“I’m very proud,” said Candelario. “This was a group of students who worked cooperatively and really used the idea through learning about Greek architecture in to the design,” she said.

More than 100 fourth grade students worked together to solve a real-life problem, which this year included how to change a gymnasium into a convention-type exhibit hall.

All students learned the ins-and-outs of architecture from  Jenny Lee, New York Center for Architecture Foundation architect in residence. Students were then divided into four teams, where they learned about area, perimeter, scale and budgeting to develop 3-D model of their design.

Students also applied their work through measurement, spatial reasoning, geometric modeling and visualization to solve the design problem, including how to create enough space around the school’s gymnasium fire exit.

The gymnasium is transformed into the winning design floor plan. Students also take field trips so students can see real-life examples involving their projects, one of which included the architecture at Grand Central Station.

“We start with a problem, then come up with solutions,” said Columbus Elementary School teacher Liz Alexander, who worked with fifth graders on how to resolve the amount of trash.

Kindergarten through fifth grade students will visit the EXPO over a two day period. The EXPO will be on display Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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