Fun applied math activity investigating the Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster with area, circumference, surface area, and volume exercises. This Mathistory activity is best used as a warm-up or part of a daily assignment (10 - 20 minutes) for grades 7 - 12 during Mid-January to Mid-February.
Common Core Standards:
Know the formulas for the area and circumference of a circle and use them to solve problems; give an informal derivation of the relationship between the circumference and area of a circle.
Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving area, volume and surface area of two- and three-dimensional objects composed of triangles, quadrilaterals, polygons, cubes, and right prisms.