Conference Paper

Project SkyMath. Building the mathematical foundation for Earth observations

Univ. Corp. for Atmos. Res., Boulder, CO
DOI: 10.1109/IGARSS.1998.702868 Conference: Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium Proceedings, 1998. IGARSS '98. 1998 IEEE International, Volume: 1
Source: IEEE Xplore


The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), with a
grant from the NSF, has developed a middle school mathematics module
called SkyMath. This module demonstrates that acquiring and using
current environmental and real-time weather data in middle school
mathematics classrooms, in ways that embrace the dynamic and uncertain
natures of these data, promotes the teaching and learning of the
mathematics that serves as the foundation of data analysis. The unit is
designed for mathematics teachers, who may have no science expertise,
and it provides them with an introduction to meaningful.
interdisciplinary studies that couple Earth system science with
mathematics. The SkyMath Module, “Using the Science and Language
of Patterns to Explore Temperature”, written by the Education
Development Center, Inc., focuses on the challenge of representing
mathematically the phenomenon of change by developing mathematical
concepts using temperature as the variable. The SkyMath curriculum uses
real-time weather data, involves classrooms in hands-on mathematics,
elicits higher-level thinking, engages students in purposeful projects,
and calls for reflection and communication. The students, organized in
groups, collect and analyze data, exchange data and messages
electronically with distant peers, identify and solve problems emerging
from classroom activities with many possible solutions, and present or
publish information they develop

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