This simulation is uniquely appropriate for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) initiatives. And it s great fun!
Students will use algebraic thinking, data analysis and the engineering design process to solve problems in real-world settings.
In Amazon Mission, students help a native village surmount malaria, and confront the environmental hazards of gold-mining.
Students will conduct mathematics investigations including
calculating and interpreting the slope of a line
graphing a compound inequality
producing and analyzing a line graph that relates two variables
distinguishing between independent and dependent variables
drawing a three-dimensional object and its net
finding the surface area of a three-dimensional object
writing a compound inequality statement
identifying and extending exponential patterns
calculating compound probabilities
Science investigations include:
conducting two controlled experiments
collecting experimental data in a table
graphing simulation data and describing trends
using a computer model
Building Math was developed through a partnership with the Boston Museum of Science and Tufts University, and successfully piloted in Boston-area schools.
Each book includes a poster illustrating the engineering design process and a DVD with classroom implementation samples.
Addresses Common Core State standards and ITEA standards for technological literacy
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