Exploring Space through Math - Suit yourself: Fitted for Space
Exploring space through math will help learners in grades 10-12 to develop a deeper understanding of key mathematical concepts.They will learn how to apply those concepts in the context of space exploration.
It will promote inquiry through real world applications. Doing so will place learners in the role of NASA scientists, engineers and researchers. This will promote cooperative learning, problem-solving and the use of technology.
Learners should have prior knowledge of the properties of linear functions, different representations of a linear function, and solving systems of linear equations.
Key concepts are slope, linear equations, systems of linear equations, x-intercept, y-intercept.
The following spacewalk video's could be used:
"STS-126 spacewalkers at work"
"The making of a spacewalk'
"Interview with Amy Ross, spacesuit engineer (Part 1)'