NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ942412
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-1072-0839
Getting into Gear
Cobbs, Georgia A.; Cranor-Buck, Edith
Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, v17 n3 p160-165 Oct 2011
This article describes a particular activity, the Motorized Toy unit, which supports science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) goals and teaches students the basic concept of ratio. The unit addresses both mathematics and science standards and is part of a team-teaching activity. The unit comes from a curriculum titled A World In Motion (AWIM)[R], developed over ten years ago. It is problem based, project based, and ties directly into STEM fields. The accompanying teacher's guide explicitly states that this curriculum allows students to "explore, conjecture, and reason logically, and to gather and manipulate information to arrive at useful knowledge about the world around them." Students are given a goal or challenge within each unit but must use problem-solving skills to obtain the unit goal. Students must design a toy that meets specific performance and judging criteria, based on data they collect from a survey given to a group of elementary students. In other words, students must solve a realistic problem based on the data they have collected from potential consumers. (Contains 5 figures.)
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. 1906 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191-1502. Tel: 800-235-7566; Tel: 703-620-3702; Fax: 703-476-2970; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A