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Fermi Questions - Math Investigations & Projects for Real World Problem Solving

Grade Levels
2nd - 6th
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21 pages
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Fermi Questions - Math Investigations & Projects for Real World Problem Solving

Engaging, fun and authentic math projects!

Fermi question investigations and projects for whole class problem solving, small group teamwork or extension.

What is a Fermi question?

Enrico Fermi was a twentieth-century, Nobel Prize winning Physicist known for his ability to rapidly estimate calculations in his head. “Fermi Questions” emphasize determining an answer on the correct order of magnitude instead of a specific number. The goal of answering a “Fermi Question” is to make rough, educated estimates at each step of the problem and come up with a reasonable estimate to the problem.

→ Encourages students to plan out their approach and think critically about how they will solve the problem

→ 17 primary school aged appropriate investigations

→ Reporting page

→ Reflection page

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