careers4.pngStudents always ask, "What jobs use math?" We know that the answer is almost all of them. However, when many of us started teaching, it became more important to have examples to share with them. As the Internet became more available, it became easier to find examples.

Here is a nice assignment that you can give to students after they watch a video:

Take a few minutes and watch the movie and do a little research (use a book, a magazine, another Internet site, etc.) and then write a paper at least one page long if word processed or 2 pages if hand-written that address the topics below. Please do not hand in a list of questions and answers but make sure to answer all of the questions below in the paper - a short paragraph for each would be very appropriate .

  1. What's MATH got to do with the subject of the movie? (2 points)
  2. What GEOMETRY concepts (or whatever course you are teaching) appear to be related to the subject of the movie? For ideas, look in your math book after watching the movie. Be specific and use geometry vocabulary. (3 points)
  3. Would you like to have this [[#|job]]? Why or why not? (1 point)
  4. What other occupations (2 or more) would be related to geometry and the subject of the movie? (2 points)
  5. What did you find most interesting, what was new to you, and/or did it make you think differently about math in the "real world"? (2 points)
  6. Pleaseremember to cite your sources. There must be at least one other source in addition to the movie website - another related website or magaizne/newspaper article or other print material.
    ( -1 if they are not given!)
  7. If your paper does not meet the following requirements -1 point . *Word-processed written paper must be at least one page long using a 12-point or smaller font (such as Times New Roman), not more than 1" margins, and double-spaced. *Hand-writtenpaper must be two pages hand-written and turned in by the due date.

Read the entire blog post for this assignment: http://napmath.wordpress.com/2014/03/28/real-math-students-engagement/

Sites for good videos - Here are some of our favorites.
  • The Futures Channel - Do your students ever ask "What's math got to do with it?" Here is a site that has videos that you can use to answer some of their questions. The "stars" are real people - some famous, some not, some young, some not, but all interesting and current topics. Movies are about 2 - 6 minutes in length - just perfect to begin or end a lesson. The videos change from week to week so [[#|sign up]] for their free newsletter that keep you up to date on the movies that are new for the week. (Just so you know, they are only accessible for two weeks and then they are replaced so use them fast!) The Futures Channel uses media technologies to link scientists, explorers, and visionaries with today's learners and educators. Videos on this site are very high quality and there are often lessons and activities to go along with the videos, making them easy to use in the classroom.
  • A FREE online tool that brings industry challenges and professional perspectives into the classroom and empowers #STEM teachers through video case studies http://spark101.org
  • Math at Work Mondays- Look on this site on Mondays (and other days) for Math at [[#|Work]] Mondays for interviews with people at work and how they use math in their jobs.
  • (ES) Head Rush: Cool Jobs- While this site is technically about cool jobs in science, there are several videos that relate to mathematics. For example, there is one video where a skate park designer describes how he uses shapes, angles, and trigonometry to create his skate parks. It is a great video for geometry classes.
  • (ES) Mathematics for Economics-Metal or Mathematics for Economics: Enhancing Teaching and Learning is an organization that creates videos and lessons illustrating to students the use of mathematical topics in the business world. For example, there is a video that shows two industries that use linear programming. The website is great to show students real life applications.
  • (NP) Careers Information - This includes many links to jobs including Designing Aircraft, Listening to Music, Experimenting with the Heart,Revolutionizing Computing, Beating Traffic, Scanning the Unseen Catscan, Packing It In, Unearthing Power Lines, What to do with a Maths Degree, and much more
  • (GL) I have been noticing that my students tend to ask the same question at least once a week: "How is this relevant to my life?" "When will I ever have to use this?" I think I may have found a good way to answer this question. Just check out this site: http://weusemath.org/careers.
  • 10 Amazing Jobs You Could Land with the right STEM Education - http://mashable.com/2013/02/05/10-awesome-stem-jobs/