Wayne State University of Detroit, MI is proud to offer a workshop for high school mathematics teachers. The course builds on algebraic modeling concepts developed in Algebra II, and all of the material presented is developed around real-world contexts that answers the question - When will I ever use this? It is designed for a wide range of student mathematical abilities.
The Program Outline
Day 1: Morning - Multi-Criterion Decisions e.g. select cellphone plan, college to attend
Day 1: Afternoon - Systems of Linear Inequalities - Max profit of skateboards - Implemented in Excel
Day 2: Morning - Sensitivity Anlysis - What if? Interpret output of Excel
Day 2: Afternoon - Optimize diet, minimize cost of controlling water pollution
Day 3: Morning - Integer Variables - Schedule workers, plan shipments
Day 3: Afternoon - Binary (0 or 1) Decision Variables - Select optimal set of projects, create teams
Day 4: Morning - Select location for retail outlets, tornado emeregency response center
Day 4: Afternoon - Project Management - Develop plans to manage complex projects
There is no cost for participation in the workshop. Participants will gain access to materials including a full textbook, curriculum, and online support which can be implemented in any school as a fourth year mathematics course.
With more than 50 schools across Michigan, North Carolina, California, Georgia, and New York participating in the curriculum, the analytics course has proven to be popular amongst teachers, administrators, and students alike. As the only curriculum which seeks to answer the question of, "When will I ever use this?", partners have said the following about this opportunity:
1). I don’t know what you are doing but for the first time my child enjoys and finds success doing mathematics.
2). I hated math when I was in school. I wish I had had this course when I was in high school.
1). I like this course because it's the first time I have ever been asked my opinion in a math class. Some of the problems were really cool because it was my choice of what was most important, and I could see how different choices played out.
2). I used some of the tools that I learned to make a decision about which boy I would take to prom. I got to understand how to weigh variables, and how to use math to make better decisions.
1). I love this course. For the first time, I have not been scared to answer the question, How will I use this in my life. THANK YOU!!!!
2). This course has been a blessing. Even with an extreme range of student's abilities in my classroom, the content was interesting enough to keep the attention of the mathematic all stars, as well as some of my mathematically challenged students. The blend of application based learning with the real-world contexts made all of the students fascinated by the power of mathematic application to various industries and professions.