Specializing in saltwater aquariums, Nic Tiemens and Joe Pineda love the challenge of recreating a slice of the ocean indoors. Day in and day out, they use volume calculations, temperature, measurement and science to create these beautiful habitats. Running time 05:28 minutes
If you asked Jessica Shulman about her job as a graphic designer, she’d probably tell you she has the most fun job out there. It is a creative field that requires an understanding of ratios, percents and geometry. Running time 03:53 minutes
Your students like to ride in them, plan drive and hope to own one. Could they also have a job designing cars? Inspire them by taking them inside Ford Motor Company to see how designers and engineers use math to steer the direction of their concept cars. Running time 05:01 minutes
Chris Araujo combines innovation with design to create backpacks for one of the largest outdoor apparel companies in the world. Whether he's measuring the straps for comfort or designing the shape of the front pouch, math is critical to good design. Running time 04:52 minutes
Rumor has it that if you lined Barbie Dolls up head to toe, they would circle the globe eight times. This movie takes students behind-the-scenes to meet a Barbie designer who uses everything from measurement to fractions to patterns to design new dolls. Running time 04:11 minutes
As a professional toy car designer for Mattel's Hot Wheels, Larry Wood uses basic math concepts such as fractions, measurement and scale to create accurate replicas of the coolest cars on the road. Running time 02:50 minutes
Lines, curves, polygons and planes--gemstones and jewelry are rich in geometry. A jewelry appraiser, a jewelry historian and a Brazilian gem cutter give your students an inside look at the many facets of this dazzling subject. Running time 06:01 minutes
The result of their work is all around us in most product. Get an inside look at what industrial design is all about with Hilgard Muller, the Industrial Design Manager at Giro responsible for designing an entire line of sport-performance sunglasses.
Running time 06:25 minutes
She designed a sailboat and a ferris wheel. He designed a motorcycle and a roller coaster. They're a team and they have jobs that most kids (and a lot of adults) would envy: They design toys and get paid for it. Running time 04:48 minutes
Chuck Hoberman’s inventions are more than just technological marvels; they’re works of art. See how basic principles of geometry help him create extraordinarily strong, expandable structures. Running time 02:27 minutes
Go inside a Zeiss facility in Northern Italy for a rare look at the science and technology behind designing, testing and manufacturing lenses for high-end sports performance sunglasses. Running time 09:55 minutes
As cell phones continue to shrink and the demand for additional features like cameras, music and email continues to grow, every millimeter counts. Show your students how the designers and engineers at Motorola rely on math to make everything fit. Running time 05:36 minutes
To make one design fit on business cards, trucks
and buildings, you need to be an expert on the
concept of scale. Featured: Trent Fleming, project
manager, Sussman, Prejza & Company. Running time 2:59 minutes
Building miniature replicas with a full-scale imagination, Greg Jein reproduces every detail of the Star Trek space vessels. Featured: Greg Jein, model maker. Running time 2:36 minutes
Algebra In The Real World DVD With Lesson Plans
The short movies from this DVD will inspire and motivate your students. These movies give a purpose for studying Algebra and related concepts. Show your students the excitement, the power, the range and the results of the applications of algebra in fascinating career fields. DVD comes with 18 popular movies and downloadable lesson plans.
Here is what a math teacher has to say about these movies:
“As a math teacher, one of the most common questions I get from my students is, “When are we ever going to use this stuff in real life?” I have found that a great way to answer this question is through the Future Channel videos, which are excellent at bridging the gaps between math concepts learned in the classroom and their real world applications. These videos are short, so I can quickly show one during a class period without it interfering with instructional time. Additionally, the lesson worksheets that accompany the videos provide an extra resource that helps reinforce the concepts and relate them to various real life topics. The best part of the Future Channel videos is that my students pay attention throughout the entire duration, and this engagement naturally leads to a class discussion about how the videos relate to the concepts I am teaching.” D.C.