The program in 60 words: ENGINEERS TEACHING ALGEBRA is a fun and engaging, project-based experience in the belief that a wrong answer is better than no answer and that problems are solved with patience and imagination. For 7-8th graders strong or struggling in math, ETA is 45 minutes live plus an engineering challenge many will pursue for days. Since 1994 ETA has been conducted in 5000 classrooms, 1800 schools, 38 states; remote since 2020.
"It was a fantastic, compelling experience in which our kids were deeply immersed. No bells or whistles, just a very interesting, meaningful experience. Many thanks!" Christopher Weaver, Director if STEM, The Hewitt School, New York City
The pace and emphasis adapts to a range of skill levels: given gifted students the emphasis is not on algebra but on higher levels of engineering analysis; given struggling students the pace is slow and the objective is to make algebra practical and meaningful.
"It was a such pleasure watching you tailor the lesson to each group, patiently encouraging my first crew to finish what they start and then really challenging my next group. It was perfect. At each level the kids were engaged and excited to apply math to real engineering problems, thank you!" Lori Steele, 7-8th grade Math Teacher, Holyoke MA.
"Thanks to you we have a few new algebra fans! You brought STEM concepts to them in a real, accessible way that we simply can't do as traditional teachers. Your connections between the curriculum and real life applications are invaluable.” Team 8 faculty, Glen Rock Middle School, Glen Rock NJ
OBJECTIVES: To demonstrate the everyday value of algebra; to provide a fun and engaging window into engineering; to encourage the pursuit of advanced math and science studies.
AGE & SKILL LEVELS: The program is appropriate for 7-8th graders whether they're strong, struggling or on-level. Applied math content includes manipulating fractions, ratios & percentages; estimation by proportional reasoning to verify computed results; developing algorithms for variable inputs; applying problem solving techniques including understanding the problem, analyzing and interpreting data, testing solutions and learning through trial and error. Students are encouraged to approach a problem in the spirit that a wrong answer is better than no answer and that problems are solved with patience and imagination.
TIME REQUIREMENTS, CLASS SIZE, MATERIALS: Remote Option-45 minutes live plus an asynchronous engineering challenge many will pursue for days. Class size should remain as it would be under everyday learning conditions. Each student needs their own calculator (simple 4-function or programmable), 1 piece of scratch paper (lined or blank), desk space and a pencil with a good eraser because engineers make mistakes. The dialogue is Socratic and engaging; activities are hands-on, relevant and fun. In Person Option-Block scheduling is required, the program is completed in 80 minutes in a traditional classroom setting.
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