The Wind Business
It can take years to plan and engineer these state-of-the-art wind farms. It’s a problem-solving process that draws on an understanding of algebra, geometry, kinetic energy, etc. to turn one of our most abundant resources into a viable business.
Running time 06:32 minutes
Powering the Planet - The Space Solar Power Concept
The idea of solar power from space touches on science, technology, engineering, math, energy, the environment, and more. Pose this concept to students to stimulate critical thinking about these issues and get them involved in the conversation.
Running time 19:00 minutes
Go inside Electronic Recyclers to see how they break down millions of pounds of electronics every month. Everything from computers to cell phones, TVs to Xboxes, comes through their doors to be crushed, shredded, melted down and reused.
Running time 05:17 minutes
Calculating the Power of the Wind
Want to show your students specific real world examples of radius, area and algebra? Wind Analyst Emily Hardy does just that... in under two minutes!
Running time 01:53 minutes
For Tami Sabol, the forest is her office. As a Forester for Plum Creek Timber Company, she is responsible for the health of hundreds of thousands of acres of trees. Using math and science is a routine part of her work.
Running time 05:18 minutes
Indicator species are used as an early warning of pollution or degradation in an ecosystem.
Running time 01:55 minutes
Each person in the U.S. generates about 25 pounds of garbage a week. That means the nation's population produces nearly two hundred million tons of residential garbage every year. Fortunately, up to 80% of that can actually be recycled....
Running time 03:24 minutes
Solar Power: Photovoltaics
There are a number of methods of generating electricity from solar power. In this movie, engineers Beth Richards and Miguel Contreras demonstrate the most widely used method today, and break down the math and science behind this renewable energy source.
Running time 04:36 minutes
A Wildlife Refuge
Near the Gulf Coast of Texas extends a 44,000-acre refuge full of alligators, armadillos, coyotes, and lots and lots of birds. Show your students the science and math wildlife biologists use to maintain a safe haven for these animals.
Running time 05:37 minutes
Forest rangers describe some of the techniques used
to keep hundreds of thousands of acres of trees
healthy. Featured: Arnold Wilson, a forester U.S. Forest Service; Brad Washa, fuel specialist, U.S.
Running time 1:44 minutes
Project Engineer for Horizon Wind Energy, Johnny Goff, describes problem solving and engineering.
Running time 3:01 minutes
Creating a Campground
Creating campsites in the New Mexico wilderness
calls for a knowledge of ratios and proportions.
Featured: Charlotte Minor, landscape architect, U.S.
Forest Service; Tessa Archuletta-Krause, civil engineer, U.S. Forest Service.
Running time 4:28 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.
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