Math by Design encourages students to problem solve and think critically as they encounter unique geometry and measurement challenges. Students are introduced to the TRC Architectural firm as junior architects who are commissioned to build environments by working through a series of mathematical tasks.
Students may build two environments: Flossville Town Park and Windjammer Environmental Center. Both are rich with interactives and online hints to help students refine and build upon their knowledge of geometry and measurement.
Extensive educator resources provide valuable assistance for teachers to seamlessly integrate Math by Design into classroom instruction.
Math by Design was produced as part of a national public television collaborative that was formed to create online resources focused on STEM subjects for middle school students and teachers. With initial funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the collaborative produced engaging resources to be shared through the nationwide public television system.
MPT’s partners in the collaborative include Alabama Public Television (APT), Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN), and the Kentucky Educational Television (KET).
Each partner produced an online experience that presents a unique focus on the mathematics, science, technology, and engineering of everyday life.
Be sure to check out …
- APT's Proportion Land Park, which invites eighth graders to reason their way through eight amusement park attractions. Students encounter interactive rides that require them to solve a variety of science-based proportional reasoning problems before they can join in the fun.
- AETN's Rock-n Roll Road Trip World Tour, which invites students in grades 6-8 to take a trip around the world while solving real-life problems using measurement, ratio, and proportion.
- KET's Scale City, billed as the “biggest, smallest road trip ever!” In it, students in grades 6 – 8 explore amazing roadside attractions and learn about the mathematics of scale.