Real examples also encourage students to be aware of the choices they make and how they fit into a greater societal context.
Real world examples demonstrate the complexity and unpredictability of real issues, and as such, can stimulate critical thinking.
High school students often ask about mathematics “When will we ever use this in the real world? In fact, researchers in mathematics and computer science are making new discoveries all the time.
These discoveries are being applied in some surprising contexts - in industry, finance, medicine, the environment, and the justice system, to name just a few.
For each real-world problem, try your hand at a related mathematical problem.
These problems are designed to be accessible to students in grades 7-8 and later.
We visited the exhibit only a couple of days after it opened.
There were four short videos on ocean system science that seemed to hold the audience's attention.
This is the Science on a Sphere installation in the new Global Ocean Systems exhibit at the National Museum of Natural History.
The sphere uses four projectors to wrap images around a six-foot diameter sphere.