Tuesday, February 3, 2009

April is math awareness month

We all know that I get carried away with the weather. Especially in the winter with the snow storms. Well today I realized that I am not alone with interest in the weather. The month of April is considered math awareness month and a theme has been chosen for this year. "The American Mathematical Society, the American Statistical Association, the Mathematical Association of America, and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics announce that the theme for Mathematics Awareness Month, April 2009, is Mathematics and Climate." I took that quote from the web site http://www.mathaware.org/. You should check it out some time. I am sure that we will incorporate some weather activities into our class in the month of April. If you have any ideas, let me know.

39 comments:

The Andrew Ethier said...

I love snow and math is interesting so I think the 2 will go good together. I am looking forward to incorporating the weather into math and seeing how this will work. I wish I had good ideas to help with this, but I am at a loss to say how we could have weather and math related. I am looking forward to this.

colleenoneil said...

WOW! i didnt even know there was such a thing as math awareness month! how exciting! im also excited to do activites with climate in april. As long as it isnt snow i will be happy. Because i think by April i will be ready for sun and not snow.

Kerrin said...

The theme for math awareness month is great. There is so much math one can do in weather and especially this year with all the snow we've been getting it should be very interesting!

Aaron said...

It sounds like you had a hand in deciding the theme. I hope we get to do something interesting in class for weather activities.

Erica Pundt said...

I am the same as Colleen in that I didnt know there was a math awareness month. But it seems appropriate since theres an awareness month for everything else, and math is such a big part of life. I think it will be interesting to combine weather and math. On the news you can see the numbers but you don't really know how they calculate all the complicated stats. What we learn could make the weather report more interesting.

liz f. said...

i think that its wicked cool the math can be connected to the weather. I feel like the weather this year has been crazy so the math on it should be fun.

Caroline A said...

The weather related activities sound like fun! I didn't know that there was a math awareness month either. I'm not sure exactly what we could do for activities but maybe something about tornados or hurricanes and their speed?

Kevin Fisher said...

how about a field trip!??! :)

Nicolettes said...

Math really is everywhere! It is good that you finally found something to incorporate math into weather! your two favorite things!

Julia Ariola said...

I think its great that there is a math awareness month and it would be really interesting to relate it to weather. There are so many different types of weather and all the predictions have to do with math.

Joe C said...

I like the idea of math awarness month. I also reconize that math is a part of everything. However, I just don't really care for the wether systems and how it all works. We have a course here that teaches how weather works and if i wanted to know more about weather id take that course.

Dean Kennedy said...

Are we going to do Pi Day this year? 3/14 is a Saturday though...

Sam Phillips said...

I think the theme for math awareness month should provide some interesting applications of math. I think it would be cool if we could incorporate percentages of rainfall or snowfall into some math problems. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing what we can do with math and the weather.

Eric Ippoliti said...

Julia's right, should definitely be aware of math. It's pretty much life.

Kevin said...

I agree with Julia. I never actually thought of math regarding the "predicting" of the weather. Hmmmmm.

Jess Sumner said...

i think thats really cool that theres a math awareness month and that they relate things to math like the climate because i dont think most people realize how often math is used weather. and i agree with kevin a feild trip would be really fun. :)

leah said...

I didn't know about math awareness month either, but it sounds like fun and the activities that we can do with weather sound interesting. I agree with Colleen, I will definitely be ready for sun instead of snow by April.

Pete D said...

I was just checking out the link to the website you posted with this blog and i thought it was pretty cool. It made me wonder about global warming and how scientists can use math to predict the rising temperatures around the world! But...i am sick of the snow now and want spring to come so i can start going outside more often. A snowday would be nice though...

Anonymous said...

I think that math can be attributed to everything whether it be weather or making a web page. I like Leah ahd others, like math and did not know that April was math awarness month. I hope we do fun things with math in April.

~Thomas Larsen

JessQuintanilha said...

I checked the link you posted and math awareness month looks interesting! I think the combination of math and climate will have a lot to look at!

Nicolettes said...

yeah peter! we gotta stop global warming!!!

Elise Stafford said...

I love Kevin's idea about the field trip! Doesn't it rain a lot in April? Maybe we could do something that included rain.. I don't know just throwing things out there. =)

priya said...

I'm with pete! The website's pretty cool, and I just want spring! I also did not know about math awareness month, but I'm looking forward to the activities in April!

ps. like kevin said, how about a field trip?!

Chad said...

What are the odds?
I can't wait to see what activities you have planned for this April, Mrs. Taylor.

kate baird said...

FIELD TRIP! haha I'm with Kevin and Priya on that one. I think math and climate is perfect for this class since so many of us seem to be interested in the weather. I can't wait to see what activities you find.

Alyssa Graham said...

I agree with Kate and Chad; I'm excited to see what weather related activities you'll find. Weather should be an interesting topic to relate to math.

Anonymous said...

I, like Erica and Colleen, was not aware that there was a math awareness month, but I am glad there is one.
carolyn le

BMcK said...

I feel that an "awareness month" justifies neglecting that individual subject for the rest of the year. It is funny how previous blogs have been about weather and that is also the topic

marier said...

I agree with Jess Sumner that math is used a lot in weather, and it'll be interesting to find out what activities in pre-calc. we will do that relate to it. I did not check out the website yet but I might do that later if I don't forget haha.

Dean Kennedy said...

im wicked mad that i wont be here for pi day

Joe Petrelli said...

Why is April math awareness month?? People want to be outside enjoying the new spring weather, not punching numbers into their TI-83s! Math awareness month should be a month where no one wants to leave the house. That way they can enjoy solving their math problems and not worry about planning a bball game with their friends!

BMcK said...

I agree with chad; I hope there are a few good items planned, but if not math day is coming up!!!!

Alyssa Graham said...

Math awareness month starts tomorrow. I hope the weather is sunny and warm. ^^

Aaron said...

Joe its math awareness because all of the other months are taken up by other things. It was all that was left.

Anonymous said...

I never knew that April was math awareness month but i really like the idea of having a math scavenger hunt to celebrate it.

Thomas Larsen

Tracy said...

DreamBox Learning is celebrating Math Awareness Month with the kids. We have created a fun calendar of math activities for the month of April with this years theme in mind. Here is the URL for the calendar www.dreambox.com/math_awareness_month. Feel free to spread it around to any teachers, parents, or future mathematicians that want to celebrate too.

Olivia said...

Pi Day is my favorite holiday!!

Connor said...

Let's do more weather stuff this year!!!

Olivia said...

I say we get all the members in Mu Alpha Theta to wear a shirt with a number from pi on it, then we all line up and take a picture!