Wow, Summer is over, and it's time to think about school (not that I haven't been thinking about school all summer anyway!).
Thanks to my Algebra 2 class last year, this year I'm launching S.T.E.M. projects for my Pre-Calculus and Algebra 2 classes. My Algebra 2 students last year really came through in helping me "flight test" the S.T.E.M. projects.
These are real-world projects that I believe will add a depth and breadth of knowledge that can never be found in high stakes standardized testing.
I will be asking a lot of these students in the coming year; however, it's been my experience that these same awesome students will rise to a higher level of expectation. So there.
So here's what they will be doing, in addition to the regular course load:
Students will apply their math skills (and any other individual skills that they have) to create a space mission app from a Google spreadsheet. They have to also create a website and embed the app in their website. Finally, they will have to present their app to the rest of the class.Whew!
The day of the presentations will include a pot luck to enhance a festive atmosphere. After all, we'll be celebrating mathematics that day!
Here are the classes I get to teach this year:
- 0800 - 0856: Algebra 1
- 0901 - 0957: Pre-Algebra
- 1002 - 1058: Google Technology
- 1103 - 1159: Pre-Algebra
- 1234 - 1330: Algebra 2
- 1334 - 1431: Pre-Calculus
- 1435 - 1532: Prep