Introduce students to the modeling process through problems that have relevance and meaning in their own lives. Students will engage more deeply with a real-world problem if they have a voice in how it is resolved, and the modeling process empowers students who are also stakeholders.
In this session, we will look at a selection of modeling problems that arose from local issues or needs, and we will discuss strategies for identifying local problems that lend themselves to a modeling approach. We will step into the modeling process with a scaffolded approach to incorporating modeling into the classroom, and specific examples will include, among others, the following real problems: As our school population increases, how can we optimize the lunch lines? How can our parking lot be redesigned to accommodate more vehicles?
Join us to explore the modeling process through the lens of local problems, and learn how to identify problems that are meaningful to the students who solve them.