Help me give my students drones to make learning math exciting, discover the use of drones to measure ratios, proportions, and linear functions. Four drones will allow me to group students so that everyone in the class can participate.
My students are part of a magnet program for single-gender classes. The parents and students have made the choice to be a part of this program and have met certain guidelines to become accepted into the program. I have two classes of advanced mathematics where students will complete a semester of eighth grade standards and a semester of algebra standards. I also have two classes where students will complete their first high school level course in Algebra I.
Our Mission at our school is to provide each student with a comprehensive, quality education in a supportive environment by offering relevant, challenging learning experiences that prepare students to become responsible individuals and citizens.
Our school is located at one end of the International Corridor of Decker Boulevard in the northeast area of Columbia, SC. Our population consists of over 1300 students of diverse backgrounds, 130 faculty members and about 20 support staff. We are home to three magnet programs (TLC, TWO Academies, and FAME). We are the largest middle school in our district, as well as the oldest school in the district (since 1926).
Students often cannot connect mathematics to real-world experiences. The drones would allow students to calculate ratios, proportional relationships, and linear graphs in real-time. Students could measure the distance the drone could fly in rates of time, find the measure of different triangles using the Pythagorean Theorem by creating the triangles using the drones, and students could calculate ratios and proportions based on information from the path of the drone. The drones could also be used to teach cross-curriculum units in science, math, social studies, art, and technology. Our football field would be the perfect place for flying drones.
Students could work collaboratively in groups to solve real-world problems such as distance and time graphs, ratios, and proportions and experience how the math they are learning is used in the real world.
This would provide students with valuable hands-on experience using technology and math to solve real-world problems.
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