Tag: MP2

Median age of country populations

The median age of countries is used to predict the future needs of each country. What are the ramifications of a predominately young population or a predominantly older population,  Why do scientists use the median measurement to study this?

Before the holidays (16 activities)

We have tons (well, 16) of activities to bring to your class in this last week before the holiday break. Movies, science, art, cooking, economics, weather and the logic of calendars. Enjoy!

Indigenous Peoples or Columbus Day

Sts learn a little history, question what they have learned earlier, and calculate how far off Columbus was from East India and his understanding of the actual circumference of the Earth.

Hurricanes, Typhoons, and Cyclones

This week Hurricane Fiona caused major damage to Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean, This is the season for increased cyclonic activity around the globe.  How are hurricanes, typhoons, and cyclones related? There is a measurement called the Accumulated…

3 Saint Patrick’s Day activities

Are finding four-leafed clovers really hard to do? How much dye does it take to turn the Chicago River green? If you were keeping track of your food intake, how much would a Shamrock Shake cost you?

Shrinkflation

Inflation in the cost of living, last year (2021) was estimated to be about a 7%. If “shrinkflation” is happening at the same time as general inflation, is the unit cost for those shrunk items actually raised even more than 7%?  Let’s find out.

End of Daylight Savings time confusion

In this activity students try to figure out how time settings will change as they move from place to place and what variables are involved in the daylight savings time shift. Day length? Latitude?

Steepness and fall hiking

Combine colorful and cool fall hiking with a little mathematics about percent grade change. What is a steep grade? Why is it in percent? How does grade change relate to slope?