Looking for a great way to supplement your students' math education and provide cross-curricular connections? This math history project is designed to stimulate students' curiosity about math and science careers by making math more relevant and relatable on a human level. Suggested topics include Aristotle, Katherine Johnson, Alan Turing, Al-Khwarizmi, and many more, offering a diverse array of choices for students taking middle through high school level math courses.
Suggestions for implementation:
- Use as an end of the year or quarter project, especially after state testing is completed and students lose motivation
- Show a math- or science-themed movie, such as Hidden Figures, before introducing this project to help engage students
- Allow students to work in pairs and amend the rubric to make this a partner work project
- Require that higher level students include more mathematics in their project, as opposed to a biographical focus
This zip file includes *editable* copies of the project instructions and scoring rubric, with the choice of including a bonus point for early presenters. It also includes a peer evaluation form to be used during presentations and forms for students to submit their topics for approval.
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, complete with detailed notes for teacher-use.