Surface Area and Volume Story Problem Project

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Description

Students will use surface area, area, volume and percents as this math story asks them to design a capsule to land on Mars. The capsule must maximize volume while minimizing surface area, all while staying within a budget. This math story includes a video launch, to "hook" your students. Rather than a traditional story problem or project, all information comes to students in the form of the video introduction, and "memos" from NASA about project details. As students work, there is even an extra memo you can give to students about a discount that NASA secured from one of the vendors. This could be used with all students, or as a way to differentiate for those students that need more challenge.

In addition to the materials to complete the math story, this resource also contains a sample solution, a surface area and volume worksheet, and exit ticket.

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Total Pages
15 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Use proportional relationships to solve multistep ratio and percent problems. Examples: simple interest, tax, markups and markdowns, gratuities and commissions, fees, percent increase and decrease, percent error.
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.
Represent three-dimensional figures using nets made up of rectangles and triangles, and use the nets to find the surface area of these figures. Apply these techniques in the context of solving real-world and mathematical problems.
Find the volume of a right rectangular prism with fractional edge lengths by packing it with unit cubes of the appropriate unit fraction edge lengths, and show that the volume is the same as would be found by multiplying the edge lengths of the prism. Apply the formulas 𝘝 = 𝘭 𝘸 𝘩 and 𝘝 = 𝘣 𝘩 to find volumes of right rectangular prisms with fractional edge lengths in the context of solving real-world and mathematical problems.

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