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Civil engineer Melissa Sikes explains how she uses math in her work on water and wastewater projects in this video from KAET. In the accompanying classroom activity, students solve a problem that Ms. Sikes poses in the video: finding the diameter of a cylindrical reservoir of a given volume and height. They then construct a cylindrical object to meet volume specifications. To get the most from this lesson, students should be familiar with the formula for finding the volume of a cylinder.

This resource is part of the Math at the Core: Middle School collection.

Special thanks to Melanie Sikes from Dibble Engineering in Phoenix, AZ.

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