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Lofty Estimates

“Lofty Estimates” is an example of a project-based lesson from the Salvadori Center, .
Kubi, an architect-educator, teaches middle school students how to use a giant protractor in the field, demonstrating how trigonometry helps surveyors determine the height of a building that is far away. The students help each other to use a tape measure and a trig table that they call “that tangent thing”, to make their calculations.

From 1992-2006, we worked closely with Mario Salvadori and the Salvadori Center. The Center is dedicated to teaching math and science through the built environment to inner city and at-risk kids, from kindergarten through high school. We created many video programs for them using our documentary approach to teaching their method: we depct the archtect and engineer-edustors in actio in the classroom and in the field with kids of all ages. More examples of the video curriculum work we did for them can be found at:
The purpose of these shorts was to help teachers to see how easy it is to implement these lessons, and to demonstrate how actively engaged their students were.

Insights was formed in 1980. We became Insights International, Inc. in 1990.