When will I ever need to know this? Connecting learning to the real world

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The blackfooted ferret. Yes, you need math.

“What do I need to learn this algebra and geometry and math stuff for?”

Connecting learning to the real world – that’s the tag line of The Futures Channel – a great educational resource.  On this page they provide a wonderful set of answers to that age old classroom math question: “What do I need to learn this algebra and geometry and math stuff for?”

Connecting learning to the real world

Nineteen short movies show all kinds of people using math  to solve problems in their daily work lives.

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They include a bicycle designer, movie wrangler, guitar maker, NASA administrator, food service director at Yankee Stadium and my favorite – the wildlife biologist whose job is raising and releasing blackfooted ferrets back into the wild after virtual extinction.

Lots of other engaging resources too.

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