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• 1.  IMPACT in Action - Places Across the Globe

Posted 02-11-2021 14:07:00

1)There are famous monuments all around the world.  Are you inspired  to create Math problems using them?

2)Do you love traveling? How do you include travel experiences in your assignments?

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Santa Fe College
Gainesville FL
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• 2.  RE: IMPACT in Action - Places Across the Globe

Posted 02-11-2021 14:11:00
My travels are more local, but I created activities centered around engineering marvels here in the US - Hoover Dam, Golden Gate Bridge, St. Louis Arch, and the Washington Monument.  The activities are geometry applications.
Engineering Marvels document

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Karen Gaines
myAMATYC Online Community Coordinator
Professor Emeritus - St. Louis CC-Meramec
Kirkwood MO
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• 3.  RE: IMPACT in Action - Places Across the Globe

Posted 02-11-2021 22:50:00
Great, thanks for sharing. Neat idea of using engineering facts about well known monuments, to create class projects. I have included the Great Wall of China in an assignment on power functions.

A favorite group project of mine with an International focus is the multi-continent travel problem. This is in Contemporary Math, where I teach graph theory. Students are given a task of planning a world trip to 5 cities on 5 continents and finding the shortest round trip path between them. Essentially, they are solving a Hamiltonian circuit problem with 5 vertices. But they get to choose the cities, find the distances between them and solve the problem by 3 prescribed ways. Later they present their results to the whole class, adding fun facts. It is a huge learning experience for many students. They discover new cites, are fascinated by the foreign travel scenario. I also add a requirement that no two groups can use the same city. So, in a class with 5 groups, we get to hear about 25 world cities. Working in a group is less intimidating. It is a lot of fun and reinforces the methods of solving Hamiltonian circuits.

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Santa Fe College
Gainesville FL
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• 4.  RE: IMPACT in Action - Places Across the Globe

Posted 02-27-2021 21:25:00
That sounds like a fun example, Manisha. When I teach radian measure, arc length and area of a sector, I mentally send my students to mathematically beautiful Amsterdam. Students have to read a city map, make conversions of measurements according to scale, and approximate the length of a bike path from their lunch place to the Anne Frank House, a major tourist attraction. It's stimulating to take students to different places on the globe for mathematical projects combined with cultural exploration. As I have found, it does not only spawn conversations among students but also frequently with the instructor, and beyond that among faculty from different disciplines.  It opens the door to more creativity and innovative teaching in learning communities.

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Barbara Leitherer
Professor of Mathematics
CC of Baltimore County - Essex
Baltimore MD
bleitherer@ccbcmd.edu
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• 5.  RE: IMPACT in Action - Places Across the Globe

Posted 02-27-2021 21:53:00
I just realized that I take map reading for granted but many of my students never need to read maps. They have always had GPS guidance! It is a great idea to have students look up maps and find distances. One thing I started emphasizing during the pandemic is hand drawing graphs. All their assignments are online, so there is less and less need to draw functions or mark coordinate points. Desmos or graphing calculator does it all. Isn't it better for them to spend time hand plotting a function? if it takes them long time to plot, it'll stay with them longer! At least they cannot copy each other's work, since it is drawn in their own handwriting.
I like the idea of spurring conversation with exploration tasks.

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Santa Fe College
Gainesville FL
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• 6.  RE: IMPACT in Action - Places Across the Globe

Posted 02-18-2021 16:02:00

A year ago, I listened to a webinar about the beauty of math hidden in famous landmarks around the globe. I thought I re-share this information in this communication thread and give well deserved credit to former AMATYC President Jim Roznowski. He presented about interesting architectural buildings that can be used to embellish any mathematics course with a global perspective.  From the Basilica de la Sagrada Familia in Barcelona to the Colosseum in Rome, the Sydney Opera House, or the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in D.C., he found ways to either inspire students or make them literally work the mathematics in a problem.  He provided a plethora of resources, book titles, publications, websites, sample handouts, and images to give global learning in mathematics a try.

Have some fun and check it out at Dive into the math of famous buildings on the Globe

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Barbara Leitherer
Professor of Mathematics
CC of Baltimore County - Essex
Baltimore MD
bleitherer@ccbcmd.edu
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