How Big is a Billion?

Published 05/06 2014 03:18PM

Updated 05/06 2014 05:21PM

Some local third graders came up with a unique way to calculate a billion and won $1,000 for their efforts.

Students in the BOCES Reclaim program entered the "How Big Is A Billion?" contest sponsored by H&R Block.

To better understand the enormity of the 10 digit number, teacher Sharon Mannix suggested that they use their milk jug igloo as an example. 

It had taken the students three months to collect the 207 jugs that make up the private reading space. They then extrapolated that, at that same pace, it would take over a million years to collect 1 billion milk jugs.

The special education students spent a lot of time working out the numbers.

"Kids will rise to any challenge. We have to have high expectations for them. Because, if we have high expectations, they always rise to meet them. I always remember that, challenge your students," said Mannix.

Reclaim helps special needs children grow socially and emotionally so that they can return to their home districts.

Mannix plans to use the $1,000 prize money to purchase math programs for next year.

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