The students in our small school (Crawford Invention and Design Educational Academy) have chosen our school because they are interested in careers in engineering and architecture. I have found that by providing hands-on projects, the students find the curriculum more relevant and become more engaged in their learning. In my current project, I am teaching the geometry curriculum, including basic trigonometry, through surveying. To do this, I need surveying equipment and supplies. Our urban school serves a student population that that is economically disadvantaged and includes a high proportion of refugees. Many of our students have no prior experience with hands-on measurement, or with construction toys that are common in middle class homes. A lecture-based classroom experience leaves them trying to deal abstractly with things they have not experienced in real life. By allowing them to measure and survey parts of the campus, make scale drawings, and build scale models, they can immediately use the mathematics that they are learning in the classroom to complete a hands-on activity that relates closely to a field in which they have expressed interest. This makes for a lively, active learning environment that is attractive to the students and relevant to their interests.