Math and Science in Society
Part I: Ramps for the Handicapped
Students will learn the language of mathematics and science. They read, write and speak mathematically and scientifically about numerous topics involving life applications.
Students will use their knowledge on slope to calculate slope of existing access ramps, or they will chose a site and propose a ramp. They will create an accurate scale plan of this real or proposed ramp, and they will use evidence to determine if the ramps meet the Massachusetts Building Code and are in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Students will write a letter to a building owner or public official summarizing their findings. Students in Geometry will explore Adaptive Technology, using their Math skills to evaluate the structure of the device and create a scale plan as well.
choose music that will accompany a
powerpoint presentation about disabilities. They will write a paper describing the music.
The several levels of Math in the 8th Grade, Regular, Accelerated, and Geometry will pursue increasingly sophisticated and detailed projects consistent with their level of competence.
Part II The 20th Century- Leadership and Legacy in History
1. What disparities existed as a result of big business, immigration and segregation?
2. What is leadership? What is legacy?
3. Who were the most influential people of the 20th century and what is their legacy?