Project Kickoff

1.The challenge in this project is to use geometry to sketch and propose a design for community-oriented multiuse arena. Each team will choose a sport that it would like to promote. However, the design must address four other constraints: 

  • It is located on 20 acres.
  • It must seat 10,000 spectators.
  • It must be capable of being converted for at least two outdoor sports.
  • It must be able to serve as an entertainment venue when not in use as a sports field. 

2. Driving Question: How can we, as a team of local citizens, propose a winning design for a multipurpose arena for our favorite sport?  

3. Why are we doing this project? To gain a deeper appreciation of how geometry underlies the design of structures and helps uncover the most elegant solutions to use of space and building design.

4. Anchor rubrics. Review the rubrics for this project so you understand project grading and rubric language.

You will be assessed on (1) geometry content; (2) mathematical practices; (3) teamwork; (4) presentations and designs.

If you have no or little experience with PBL, your teacher may ask you to watch the video Project Based Learning: Explained (approximately 4 minutes) or a video on PBL and mathematics (approximately 30 minutes).

  • In pairs or triads, view websites on new multipurpose arenas. Identify key features of the arena, including use and design. Can you identify geometric principles in the design? Suggested sites:
    o Lancaster Multipurpose Arena
    o Southaven
    o Illinois
    o University of Virginia
    o Design Boom
  • Start by searching the Internet for multipurpose arenas. What arenas did you discover? How are they designed and for what activities? Share out and discuss.
  • You may research field dimensions and bleachers.
  • Remember, your team is trying to win the competition for the best design.