The Football Project

In the Football project, students evaluate the efficiency of the teams of the most popular sport in America using self-generated algebraic expressions. The end goal is to use math to predict the outcome of future games. Academic skills & content: Writing and Evaluating Algebraic Expressions, Making predictions based on statistical data. The statistics from the […]

The Math Exhibition Project

In the Math Exhibition Project students were tasked with creating a math museum of visual and/or interactive artifacts.  They also had to be able to explain the math behind their exhibit to any visitor at the math exhibition day. The students brainstormed ideas for the exhibit.  They voted on their top three favorite ideas. One […]

The Mathematics of Risk

We make choices that balance risks and rewards everyday. Some of these choices are small. In a soccer game, you might choose how to wrestle the ball away from your opponent. Other choices are larger and deal with our health, relationships, the environment, and finances. When making these decisions, we weigh the potential risks and […]

Triangle Centers Portfolio Project

In the Triangle Centers Portfolio Project students are tasked with solving six mini-projects which are organized into a portfolio and combine algebra, geometry, and literacy skills. Portfolio Items #1-5 take place as semi-real-world scenarios in which students will: Calculate the cheapest location for an airport, Find the center of a circular garden when they only […]

Oceanside Rising

students sitting behind a row of tables displaying work on laptops

In Oceanside Rising students first identify problems in their community that will then serve as the backdrop for learning the necessary mathematical skills and answering the following essential questions: How might we use mathematics to solve real problems in our communities? How can we inspire students to solve problems and bring change to their community? […]

Project Save The Earth: Species Posters (Math)

Project Save The Earth is a collaboration between art, math, English, physics, and Spanish, focused around the challenge of saving the planet from environmental catastrophe. The project culminated in a shared exhibition, but each class created its own final products (you can see the project sheet here). This page focuses on math, where students used […]


In the Electioneering Project… students answer the questions “does my vote matter?” and “what is fair?” by analyzing how well their local congressional districts, and voting systems, represent the will of the people. Academic skills & content: students learned various methods of measuring compactness, applying visual and spatial reasoning, geometric ratios and areas, and optimization […]

Math Portfolios

That’s a son of a gun of a cloud. All you need to paint is a few tools, a little instruction, and a vision in your mind. Isn’t that fantastic? I’m sort of a softy, I couldn’t shoot Bambi except with a camera. You can create the world you want to see and be a […]

The Mathiness of Truthiness

In the Mathiness of Truthiness, students study the ways that journalists use data to tell stories with varying degrees of integrity. Then, they collect their own original data, study it, and produce their own newspapers and magazines, being as true as possible to the stories they finds in their data.  Academic skills & content: Bivariate statistics, […]

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