The idea for Trig*Star originated in 1983 with a land surveyor from North Dakota as a way to help surveyors introduce their profession to high school students so that they may consider such a career option.
For the past four school years, about once a month, Jorge Pereira, PLS, spends part of his workday at Fairfield College Preparatory School overseeing their Trig*Star Club.
The Trig*Star Club was formed so the students could participate in the Trig-Star Program Contest which is an annual high school mathematics competition sponsored by the National Society of Professional Surveyors based on the practical application of Trigonometry. The program recognizes the best students from high schools throughout the nation. (Source: NSPS.com)
Jorge enjoys working with the students in the Trig*Star Club because he feels that it is a great way of carrying on the profession by showing the students it’s practical applications in their daily studies and the importance in their everyday lives. And it seems to be working; The club has been very successful in the contest – as State Champions from 2012-2015!
Below is a recent article published by the school:
Trig*Star Club Surveys Pelletier Quad at Fairfield College Preparatory School
Trig*Star is an annual high school mathematics competition base on the practical application of Trigonometry. Students that participate are not only provided with an opportunity to earn awards, but also leave with a better understanding of the technical profession of Geomatics, which includes Land Surveying and Mapping. This year the club has undertaken the task of surveying Prep’s quad. With the help of Jorge Pereira, Senior Surveyor and Principal of Redniss & Mead, students used surveying equipment to calculate distances and angles that were then used in a CAD program to map out the quad. The Trig*Star club can continue to build on this work throughout this year and beyond – mapping out more of the surrounding property with increased detail. Students will also sit for a national exam at the end of the school year. Fairfield Prep has been Trig*Star state champions from 2012-2015.
The purpose of the Trig-Star Program:
- To promote the study of trigonometry in high school and to promote excellence in the mastery of trigonometry by honoring the individual student who has demonstrated superior skill among classmates at the High School level.
- To acquaint the high school trigonometry students with the use and practical application of trigonometry in the surveying profession.
- To build an awareness of surveying as a profession among the mathematically-skilled high school students, career guidance counselors and high school math teachers.