Get The Math is “designed to help MS and HS students develop algebraic thinking stills for solving real world problems.” Based on a format similar to several reality TV shows, it shows how young professionals (a fashion designer, a videogame developer and hip-hop artists) use math in their careers. The website then offers interactive challenges relating to those careers. For example, following the fashion designer, teams of students are challenged to bring the price of a designer top down to a set price point. The hip-hop challenge asks the teams to match the electronic beat to the instrumental sample by calculating the correct tempo in beats per minute. The videogame challenge asks the students to plot a linear path for the spaceship to avoid crashing into the asteroid. Your students first watch a video, then try to answer the challenge using tools provided on the website. Once complete, your students can watch a video on how the online teams solved the challenges and try other challenges in those three categories. View the promo video for Get The Math. There is also a full 28-minute episode that gives more background on the young professions, shows the teams meeting the challenge, then how they present their answer to the designer. View the full episode.
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