Sunday, November 24, 2013

Math@Work - Discover Math Where You Might Not Expect It

Math@Work is a new video series from Scholastic. The seven part series features Project Runway's Tim Gunn showing students how math is used in fashion design. The

The first episode is embedded below.

Applications for Education
Even if your students don't have any interest in fashion design, showing them a clip or two from this series could be good way to get them to start thinking about how mathematics appears in career fields that they might not expect. Challenge your students to find other careers that incorporate mathematics even though it might not be obvious. For example, ask your students to investigate how mathematics is used in the packaging and shipping industry (I never thought about that until I spent 6+ years working for FedEx).