Ninth grade students in the Troy Riverfront P-TECH program recently created their own consulting companies and interviewed to be data analysts for CNN. Ok, not really, but they did pretend to as part of a math project that incorporates public speaking and interview skills.

Students worked in groups to create a presentation for a panel of interviewers from “CNN.” The panel was comprised of school administrators from Troy CSD, Questar III BOCES and area colleges.

Students were given a set of variables to analyze. They then developed a hypothesis regarding the relationship of that data and surveyed their peers to see if others agreed with them.

Students ran aggressions, looked at residuals and correlation coefficients to determine whether or not their hypothesis was correct.

It’s not just a math project,” said math teacher Ms. Colello. “Students are learning how to interview. They ask and answer questions and must conduct themselves in a professional manner.”