NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ1123001
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Dec
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1072-0839
The Cake Contest
Haberern, Colleen
Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, v22 n5 p274-282 Dec 2016
With the adoption of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM), many teachers are changing their classroom structure from teacher-directed to student-centered. When the author began designing and using problem-based tasks she saw a drastic improvement in student engagement and problem-solving skills. The author describes the Cake Contest, in which her students used a 3D printer and geometry software, along with various volume formulas, to design a tiered cake. This problem-based task was completed by seventh-grade students working in groups of three or four. Tasks like the Cake Contest help reinforce concepts previously learned and provide a real purpose for using them.
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. 1906 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191. Tel: 800-235-7566; Tel: 703-620-9840; Fax: 703-476-2570; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 7; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Elementary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Connecticut
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A