May Theme:  Math in the Outdoors

12 months of math

12 Month’s of Math celebrates Math in the Outdoors in May! Math is all around us indoors and out. Whether you are studying plants and vegetation, animals and their habitats, or participating in recreational activities like hiking or biking, math is in motion.

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Parents’ Corner

Math Talk

Topic:  Estimating is “An About”

Little did you know, you estimate all day long!

  • When will dinner be ready?
  • How long will it take to get to work or school?
  • How far is it to the movies?
  • How much will the groceries cost?
  • How many people will be at the party?

An estimation is an educated guess based on your knowledge and experience. Estimates can help you with spending, time management, planning, or to sooth an impatient child. (Are we there yet?)  Take a look at these Estimation opportunities you can engage in with your child.

Try it! Estimations

Being able to estimate money is important to make sure you’ll have enough or to make sure you have be charged correctly.

You need to buy 22 cupcakes for the class party. The store sell cupcakes in packages of 6. Each package is $3.49.

This example has lots of math, but is a common situation. Can you estimate how much you’ll need to buy your cupcakes?

Time is another measurement we estimate all day/week/year long.

  • How long does it take to cook dinner? Depending on the meal, your estimate will help decide when to start.
  • How long does it take you to get ready for school or work in the morning? Your estimate will determine when you need to wake up.
  • How long will it take to drive to Denver for the weekend? This estimate will include, speed, weather/traffic conditions and how many time you need a pit stop.

Ask your kids to help you estimate time. “How long do you think it will take us to get to school?” When you arrive talk about how the estimate rates up against the actual time. This is how we get better at estimating.

Being able to look at a group of items and estimate how many, is a common skill.

  • How many people do you think are at the party?
  • How many candies do you have?
  • How many burgers do we need to make?

This estimation skill is all about the about.

How long is a foot? Well whose foot? Usually a foot means 12 inches. Do you estimate in feet and inches? How about longer lengths. “It’s a couple football fields away.”

How much does it weigh? Few people can tell you what one pound feels like. But what if you say “It weighs as much as a book.” This is in fact an estimate of weight. How do you explain how much things weigh?

Events and Daily Activities

Math in the Outdoors

NM Science Fiesta

A week-long celebration of science. 

May 14–19, 2018

In partnership with Air Force Research Lab, STEM-NM and Explora, host events the week of May 14–19.

Go to NM Science Fiesta for all the events and details.

Daily Math Activities

Career Connections

Math in coding and computer science education are spanning all industries. Worldwide expansion of use of computer technologies requires a wide range of coding education and skills. Here are a few careers:

  • Video Game developer, web developer, animator (Pixar, Disney, etc)
  • Machine automation (assembly line machines, medical tools, etc)
  • Creating simulations to understand real-life situations
  • Accounting
  • Scientists/Engineers/Mathematician
  • Any sort of analysis type job
  • Robotics and artificial intelligence engineer/developer
  • Explora Educator
  • Data security and encryption (not just strict coding, but tons of math too!)

View Careers at Intel

Career Spotlight

 Learn how these professionals use math in their careers:


Mindy Koch, Intel NM
Corporate Services Site Manager


Ron Eppes, Intel NM
Community Engagement Manager 


Daniel Mcculley, Intel
Corporate Affairs


Brian Cappleman, Intel
Mechanical Facilities Engineer

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