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Math in Action videos explore how math becomes an important skill set in many careers.

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Math in Action Videos

You've probably heard this lament many times in class: "But when am I ever going to use this in real life?"

These videos and support materials will give you another weapon in your answer arsenal. In the videos, students meet people whose everyday, real life includes just the kind of mathematics they explore in Math by Design. Use the Discussion Questions and Related Practice resources to extend and enrich your students’ video watching experience!

  1. Math in Action: Cake Artistry Video
[Duration 4:07]
See how basic cake batter turns into an artistic masterpiece. Frederick County cake designer Amanda Shafer uses measurement, transformation and proportional reasoning to create a decadent four-tiered treat.
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  1. Math in Action: Sculpture Video
[Duration 4:43]
Meet modern art sculptor Mary Ann Mears and see how she uses everyday math to design and construct models, calculate amounts and costs of materials and place her contemporary creations in cities and gardens.
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  1. Math in Action: Architecture Video
[Duration 4:29]
Explore the intersection of engineering and art with architect Eric Beck! Observe how he uses geometry and measurement to design buildings and create budgets.
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  1. Math in Action: Urban Planning Video
[Duration 4:52]
See how the environment we live in affects how we live, learn and play! Urban planner Dr. Alex Chen explains how he uses math and digital technology to determine the location and amenities within neighborhoods and cities.
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  1. Math in Action: Landscape Architecture Video
[Duration 4:29]
Learn how landscape designer Om Khurjekar uses measurement and symmetry to design and integrate a new terrace into the architecture of Loyola University.
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