A Roanoke teacher is taking March Madness to a whole new level.
If you don't think work can be done while watching the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, think again.
It's that time of the year when Dr. Linda Gooding allows her students to fill out their brackets and decide who will win the national championship while in class.
It seems like everyone has their own way of choosing teams and it's no different for Gooding’s linear algebra class.
"I'm not a big basketball fan, but teaching seniors in the spring you have to have something that's exciting and educational to keep them motivated and this seems to work,” said Gooding.
Gooding teaches at the Roanoke Valley Governor's School and she said the 2014 NCAA tournament is about more than just basketball; at least it is in her classroom.
"It's really applying math in a fun way for something that they all are interested in the March Madness."
These students turned bracketologists are pairing up in their own teams of two and using mathematical modeling to create a model that will hopefully predict the winner.
"The students studied three different models that were created at Davidson, Georgia Tech and Princeton and then decided how to create their own model based on those three models,” said Gooding.
"The first day we had this she said you're going to rank all 351 teams in division one basketball and that's the only thing she said,” said senior Joe Jamison.
Now, these seniors are banking on academics and not luck to win it all.
"They kind of expanded their math knowledge based on need to create their model rather than just learn something and not see how its applied yet,” said Gooding.
And to say it's competitive within the classroom would be an understatement.
"I really don't have to say anything because our model is obviously going to win,” said senior Parker Benzie.
"If my math model beats their brain then I mean that's something I'm going to brag about,” added Jamison.
According to Gooding, the winning team gets a 100% on the entire project and respect among classmates.