March Theme:  Sports

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March’s 12 Months of Math theme is Sports. Math is important in sports in everything from keeping score to determining the speed and spin of a ball to score a point. Sports categories can be broad in the way physical and mental skill and strength impacts each success or victory.

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Math Talk

Topic:  Problem Solving

Mechanical Engineers regularly identify problems, then work to develop strategies to solve those problems. Engineers use critical thinking, creativity, design, and construction to communicate their strategy ideas. When tackling a problem think of the IDEAL problem-solving process.

  1. Identify your problem.
  2. Define the important detail or information about your problem.
  3. Explore different strategies for solving your problem.
  4. Apply or implement the “best fit” strategy.
  5. Look back and learn from your work.

Explore problem solving with this fun challenge:

Leaning Tower of Pasta

Construct a tall tower with spaghetti and marshmallows that will hold a ball on top.

How can you build a tower or structure made of spaghetti and marshmallows?

How heavy is the ball?

On what surface will the tower be built?

Are there any other variables to consider?

What different shape tower can you try? Rectangular? Triangular? Spherical?

Will it be tall? Wide?

How many sticks of spaghetti and marshmallows should you use? What are their sizes?

Now that you’ve explored some strategies, decide what is the best one and build your best tower.

How well does your design work to hold a ball? Can it still be improved?

Which design ideas didn’t work as well? Why not?

Are there other materials you could use to improve your design?

Events and Daily Activities

Math in Engineering Events

March Math Madness

Saturday, March 17, 2018, 10am-1pm

Join 12 Months of Math at Explora for March Math Madness. You will explore how math is used in various sporting activities from kicking a soccer ball to basic chess strategy.

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Career Connections

Although not always realized, mathematics plays a very important role in sports.  Whether discussing a players statistics, a coaches formula for drafting certain players, or even a judges score for a particular athlete, mathematics are involved.  Even concepts such as the likelihood of a particular athlete or team winning, a mere case of probability, and maintain equipment are mathematical in nature.

Source: Katherine Huffman, University of Georgia

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