LYNN CAMP — Students have gotten used to thinking big when it comes to projects for the design and engineering program at Lynn Camp High School.
Big as in a Monopoly board that covered nearly the entire gymnasium floor at the Knox County school.
On Monday, students and teachers used tokens, cards, dice and a board 29 times larger than the real thing to play the iconic game.
Design and engineering students used computer-aided drafting to design the pieces, then programmed automated equipment to make them from fiberboard.
Art students then painted the pieces and applied vinyl graphics.
The project, which was in the works for months, provides instruction on several fronts, not least of all collaboration, said Arthur Canada, a design and engineering teacher.
"They have to depend on other people to make decisions, and they have to depend on other people to get things done," Canada said of the students.
The Monopoly set was the third larger-than-life project that Lynn Camp teachers and students have undertaken.
The first was a chess set with pieces 10 feet tall, and last year, students played a game of rummy using cards 7 feet, 4 inches tall.
The choice of what to make is "just what sounds fun," Canada said.
Last year's playing cards were more than twice the size of those listed by Guinness World Records as the largest deck ever created.
Canada said he didn't pursue having the Lynn Camp cards certified for the record book.
The Monopoly board measured more than 50 feet long on each side, for a total area of 2,537 square feet, Canada said.
He said the current Guinness listing for the largest Monopoly game in the world is one in Qatar with a total area of 2,335 square feet, meaning the Lynn Camp board would be bigger.
But Canada isn't sure if he'll seek an entry in the record book for the Monopoly board.
The project is more about learning and being part of a larger effort, he said.
"That's the reason we did it, was to do something bigger than ourselves," said Devin Harris, a senior who designed the tokens.
"It was really cool that we could build the big board," said Carlee Cornett, a sophomore who moved the battleship token for her team.
Six teams played while other students watched.
Participants hurried back and forth, rolling giant dice, turning over game cards or taking payments to the bank or other teams for landing on their property.
"It's cool and giant and fun," Kristin Kersey, a 7th-grader, said in explaining why she volunteered to play.
Wiley Smith, a reading intervention teacher, did the play-by-play by microphone as players carried tokens around the board. He also provided sound effects, including the sound of a train when a team's piece landed on one of the railroads.
Students studying marketing and retail finance kept track of the money and properties on a spreadsheet and posted the results in real time.
It was quickly evident when the seniors, who had the car game piece, went bust first.
"We crashed," said art teacher Earl Gregory, who advised the senior team.
"It happens sometimes," Ariel Bowling, one of the senior team leaders, said philosophically.
The game wasn't over by the end of school, so the juniors were declared the winners based on having cash and property worth $7,030, Canada said.
Canada said there are no plans to use the game again. He hopes to sell it — along with last year's giant cards — on eBay to recoup some of the production costs.