12 Months of Math, a project of STEM-NM, is an exciting new program to help Albuquerque families engage with math and help them prepare for good jobs in our local industries like science, technology, and health care. Each month will focus on the math skills needed for different careers including agriculture, computer science, finance, engineering, and more.
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Each month, 12 Months of Math will offer theme-based math events, and resources to help you talk about math in your home. Starting with Parents’ Corner, find a Math Talk topic, a calendar of easy daily math activities to do with your family at home, career connections for math in each themed industry, and links to other resources.
Each month, sponsors will host local events focusing on how math relates to each theme. Also, find activities that you can do daily with your kids.
In July, 12 Months of Math celebrates Math in Sound Engineering. Who is your favorite musician or band? How did you discover them? Chances are you found out about them by listening to a Radio Station! Radio, also called Broadcasting, is the distribution of audio content thru the electromagnetic spectrum (radio waves). As you can guess by this definition, the distribution of audio content thru radio waves requires Math! For example, every hour, a Radio Station’s Sound Engineer calculates power needed in order for you to hear the Radio Station, a Disc Jockey calculates how many songs to play, and a Sales Manager calculates how many commercials to run. Radio Stations are fun places to work and math helps keep the Station on the air and playing your favorite songs! Go to July
June: Math in Media Arts
June’s 12 Months of Math theme is Math in the Arts. Mathematical skills in applied art involves using measuring tools like a ruler, protractor, and compass, and considering proportions, and use of color. Other fine arts such as dance, pottery, film, poetry, graphic design, are now included and involve different forms of mathematics. Go to June.
April: Math in Financial Literacy
April’s 12 Months of Math theme is Financial Literacy. Financial literacy includes banking, accounting, spending, budgeting, and saving money. Math skills are essential to managing your money wisely now and over time. Aside from basic addition and subtraction, long term planning involves higher levels of math as well, as it requires identifying patterns and trends. Financial literacy will allow you to act with confidence when buying a car, building credit, planning a trip, or saving for college. Go to April
March: Math in Sports
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. Go to March
February: Math in Mechanical Engineering
February’s 12 Months of Math theme is Mechanical Engineering. This type of engineering deals with the design, construction, and use of machines. Mathematics such as algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, and statistics are used by mechanical engineers in combination with physical and life sciences. Mechanical engineers are highly sought out for their knowledge, creativity, and problem solving expertise in several vital industries such as manufacturing, science, construction, telecommunications, and technical services. Go to February
January: Math in Health
Medical professionals and patients use mathematical concepts and measurements every day to discuss nutrition, body metrics, prescriptions, and test results. Statistics are used to evaluate treatment options, while data and graphs record progress and trends. 12 Months of Math will provide opportunities for you to learn from and interact with professionals in the local health care community. Go to January
December: Math in Coding
December’s 12 Months of Math theme is Coding. Mathematical skills, such as critical thinking and problem solving, are used in the process of computer coding. Programmers must use the skills of making sense of problems, logical reasoning, analyzing errors and finding solutions for problems. Go to December
November: Math in Matter & Energy
Math and science may seem like separate subjects in school, but they are definitely inter-related when we talk about matter & energy, this month’s 12 Months of Math theme. Whether we are figuring out how much energy your cell phone uses, using a radioactive form of carbon to calculate the age of a skeleton, or using nanoscience to measure the size of atoms you can’t even see, math is needed to complete your scientific research. November’s 12 Months of Math activities are designed to provide concrete examples of math in energy and matter and to highlight the various STEM careers associated with understanding our physical world. Go to November
September: Math in Agriculture
Mathematical concepts and tools are utilized regularly in farming and ranching to estimate yields; plan for seed, fertilizer, water, and feed requirements; and prepare products for market. September’s 12 Months of Math activities are designed to provide concrete examples of math in agriculture and to highlight the various STEM careers associated with the agriculture industry. Go to September
August’s 12 Month of Math theme is Architecture and Design. You’ve probably seen buildings that you thought were particularly beautiful or that you thought were different from any other building you’ve seen before. Somebody had to design those buildings and that somebody is called an architect. Architects use a lot math in creating their designs. They have to consider what shapes to use that will be pleasing to the eye, they use ratios and proportions in creating models of the buildings before they are actually built, and they use angles and measurements to make sure all the different parts of the building will fit together correctly. But design goes beyond just buildings. Everything we use from furniture, to cars, to doorknobs was designed by someone and they used math to do it. What will you design? Go to August
12 Months of Math, a project of STEM-NM, is a city-wide initiative designed to explore and celebrate math’s importance to our community and in our lives. 12 Months of Math will provide community-based, culturally-relevant, multilingual family math programs for the public. Each month of math will focus on a selected theme and will provide math activities in a real-world context, supported by local business and organizations whose work relates to the month’s theme. 12 Months of Math brings together the varied expertise of partner organizations and coordinates efforts to bring about significant improvement in children’s math outcomes.
STEM-NM is New Mexico’s nationally-designated STEM Learning Ecosystem, working to increase the prosperity of our community by engaging students and preparing them for jobs in our local science, technology, and health care sectors.
12 Months of Math is a project of the NM STEM-H Education Hub, designed to explore and celebrate math’s importance to our community and its presence in our lives.
Math literacy is critical to doing well academically, graduating from college, having strong career opportunities, maximizing lifetime earning potential, and contributing to a strong economy. However, 91% of NM eighth graders are not proficient in math (New Mexico Voices for Children 2017 Kids Count Data Center, based on 2014-2015 PARCC scores).
12 Months of Math is a call to action to address this urgent issue. A powerhouse of cross-sector partners will launch the project this September 2017, bringing events to families throughout central New Mexico.
12 Months of Math will change the equation through a series of fun, hands-on, community-based events that engage students, teachers, and families in celebrating the importance of math. These activities will be designed to change attitudes about math and link Albuquerque families with math-rich resources.
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12 Months of Math is looking for math events and opportunities to engage New Mexico families. If you would like to share math information with us please fill in this contact form.