Project SkyMath. Building the mathematical foundation for Earth observations

Conference Paper · August 1998with1 Read
DOI: 10.1109/IGARSS.1998.702868 · Source: IEEE Xplore
Conference: Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium Proceedings, 1998. IGARSS '98. 1998 IEEE International, Volume: 1


    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