This is a PBL covering systems of equations as its primary focus.
Students will watch a short video (or have a discussion with a local Search and Rescue volunteer) and discuss the actions that led to the situation in the video. Students are given a packet of information and instructions.
Students are tacked with finding the location of a missing hiker in a state park. They are given information from the Park Rangers about contact that the rangers had with the hiker throughout the day, and must interpret this data to create systems of equations that map out the hikers locations throughout the day. Once this is done, they must make reasonable assumptions about the situation given the data in their packet, and determine where the missing hiker is located, how they plan to rescue him, and what method of rescue is best for the location. This project focuses on making student apply math to a real world situation about triangulation of radio signals. Project also leads to concepts of Unit Rates, Interpreting Topographical maps, and Line of Best Fit.
The PBL includes both instructor and student packets, maps, rubrics, sample solution, and electronic resources. It has details for both using the project as a physical turn-in, and for a paperless electronic turn-in.
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