Students at Vinton Elementary learning from March Madness

Melissa Hunt's fourth grade class stayed in from recess to watch Purdue play Cal-State Fullerton.

Posted: Mar 16, 2018 5:54 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- Students in one Vinton Elementary class really got a taste of March Madness Friday.

First year teacher Melissa Hunt's fourth grade class stayed in from recess to watch Purdue play Cal-State Fullerton.

The students weren't just watching, they were following along to create shot charts for both teams.

Hunt has been teaching the students about data and statistics.

She said when she found out Purdue's game was early on Friday afternoon, "I thought 'what a better way than giving them a shot chart and changing those shot charts into pie graphs,'" said Hunt.

She said the students have also enjoyed learning about fill out brackets and having fun with math.

"They don't realize that they're learning, which is what I think is the most important part and this is the type of stuff they can really take into the future with them," said Hunt.

Purdue point guard P.J. Thompson came and spoke to the class earlier this year. Hunt said the class will continue to learn about data as long as Purdue keeps advancing.

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