Woodshop as Soulcraft


Woodshop as Soulcraft is an exploration course where students do math with their hands, creating projects out of wood. Students explore topics such as: complementary and supplementary angles, right triangles, trigonometric ratios, similarity and congruence. Students also learn how to safely operate tools in a woodshop like: band saw, miter saw, table saw, drills, hammer and nails, wood glue, stains, polyurethane.



  • Picture Frames
  • Birdhouses
  • Wooden Boxes
  • End Tables
  • Culmination Piece



Shop Class as Soul Craft, by Matthew B. Crawford

"In schools, we create artificial learning environments for our children that they know to be contrived and undeserving of their full attention and engagement. Without the opportunity to learn through the hands, the world remains abstract, and distant, and the passions for learning will not be engaged."

- Matthew Crawford, Author or Shop Class as Soul Craft




Justice by Mathematics


Understanding unjust systems requires a mathematician’s mind building bridges between the reality of today and the vision for a more equitable future. Justice by Mathematics focuses on how numbers and equations can help us understand and formulate solutions to the various issues of justice, locally and globally. Students learn fundamental math skills, starting with a strong foundation of arithmetic and mental math skills and adding on introductory concepts from the fields of Algebra, Geometry, and Statistics.

OLA 6th grade student researched chemicals in Oklahoma City water and learned about how hard it is to access water in some areas of the world. To demonstrate how we can have clean drinking water anywhere in the world, OLA student created a simple working filter.

MIRROR CITY (above):

"This is a replica of a mirror city. On one side you see a city that is clean; on the other side you see the same city, except filled with trash. This is to represent how if we don’t recycle or throw away our trash in the proper places, it will look more like the trashed city. So if you recycled more often and threw away your trash in the correct place, our city would be more beautiful than ever."
- OLA 8th Grade Student

BRIDGES (right):

OLA 8th grade student constructed three different types of bridges to display the strength and weaknesses of each and the importance of engineering while building a city.




Financial Literacy


In this Exploration course, students utilize the principles of mathematics and economics (including, but not limited to: algebra, graphing, probability, statistics, compound interest formula, multi-variable equations, fractions, decimals, and percentages) to better understand saving, investing, compound interest, supply and demand, goal setting, purchasing a car, paying for college, budgeting, the dangers of credit cards, taxes, loans, small business, the Fair Trade Act, fair wages, and more.



  • Does money give you happiness?
  • How are money and divorce related? Is having debt a healthy thing?
  • Is anything in life really free?
  • How can I be content with what I have?
  • What am I supporting by spending my money at this store?  
  • Is buying the cheapest product always best?
  • Will raising minimum wage help our economy?



    Power, Profit, & Pleasure project created by OLA 8th grader and Junior


    • The Total Money Makeover
    • Rich Dad/Poor Dad
    • How to Have More Than Enough 
    • Debt Free Living

    Every Detail Matters by OLA Senior