Students will mimic adult world financial decisions.
- All students will earn an income by the amount of work they do in class.
- Money will be tracked through a fake online bank account mykidsbank.org.
- All students will have to pay either rent or a mortgage for their desk.
- All students will have to spin the Life Cycle, which simulates unexpected events that require significant payments.
- Students will have the option to invest in stocks, bonds and save for retirement.
- Students will also have the option of creating their own business.
- All relevant taxes will be levied and collected.
- Students will reflect on their stewardship ability and what role math played in their decision making.
Coding and math
The aim of this project is to promote a growth mindset in students with regards to computer science, specifically coding. While learning a highly valued and relevant skill, students will be learning math topics through the lense of coding. Instead of listening about inputs and outputs of functions, students will code their own function that takes user inputs and calculates an output. Instead of being told that geometry is applicable in real life, students will actually apply it when coding their robot to traverse through a field of play to accomplish a task. Preparing students for the twenty-first century with twenty-first skills.
The Long Now Project
A year and a half in the making, this kinematic cube tells a story about a civilization that goes through the stages of the rise and fall of a civilization. Each panel represents one of the four stages: (1) Coming together, (2) Social Construction, (3) The Dilemma and (4) Social Dissolution. The Physics classes from the school years of 2014-2015 and 2015-2016, created, designed and built the cube. In 2015-2016, Math class integrated into the team in order to learn math through the project.
Math in flight
Hearing the question, "why do we need to learn this?" in the math classroom can be common. In the Math in Flight project students heard from professionals in the aerospace industry and military how they apply math in their jobs as an aerospace engineer, helicopter pilot and Navy parachuter.