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Friday, March 1 • 9:40am - 10:25am
Math for Space Cadets

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Why we Look Upwards - Early civilizations all over the world spent their evenings doing what we still do today, looking up at the sky in wonder. From Ptolemy to Copernicus, early mathematicians had one thing in common: they were curious. This curiosity inspired them to seek answers to explain the universe and their findings went on to become the cornerstones of essential algorithms that we have come to know as constant and unchanging laws. The goal of this investigation and the projects that support it are designed to develop students’ understanding of the importance of curiosity to develop clear explanations for “why things are the way they are.” By providing historical background in which inspiration served as a pathway to important revelations, we can develop students’ sense of curiosity (or wonder) to give meaning behind the “desire to understand.” By uncovering secrets of the heavens, students obtain a more well developed understanding of not only the workings of the universe but ultimately become curious about their own environment and inspired to seek out answers to better understand their role within it.

In this project students will:
- Be introduced to great mathematical discoveries in astronomy and the individuals behind them.
- Discuss and share their experiences with other students
- Manipulate important equations to demonstrate their own understanding of great discoveries.
- Perform hands on experiments.
- Summarize their experience and understanding through a final project.

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Matthew Kolb

Teacher, Ethical Culture Fieldston School
Matt Kolb is currently a teacher of mathematics at The Ethical Culture Fieldston School. He has developed academic curriculum in business education for Pace University in New York City and New Rochelle High School in New Rochelle, NY, developed multi-topic curriculum for the Learning... Read More →

Friday March 1, 2019 9:40am - 10:25am
  • MATH STANDARDS & PRACTICES 6.EE.A2a Write expressions that record operations with numbers and with letters standing for numbers.
  • WHAT WILL ATTENDEES GAIN? Understanding the desired outcome of each class experience and managing student time is important.
  • BEYOND "STAND & DELIVER" The instruction far removed from “stand and deliver”. Students are engaged and participating from the first few minutes. Questions arise immediately.
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