By Kristine Funk
Cougar News Blog
Some Cactus Canyon math students went on a safari to learn about numbers, decimals, and percents.
Rachel Mangum and Tina Jada’s math classes recently had a video conference with the Saint Louis Zoo to learn about math and animals. The instructor gave many different examples relating to math, but also related to animals, and gave them problems to solve.
“I think that because it was something they could relate to they tried really hard to figure out the math,” said Mangum.
The learning objective was about decimals and percents, and the video instructor gave examples such as how many times a falcon would be successful capturing prey under a variety of circumstances.
The Mathimals program is something the St. Louis Zoo offers to schools across America and it includes live animals, hands-on activities, and videos to show how math is important to the zoo and the world.
The class plans on doing it again in January, but instead of a zoo, they will learn along with a musician. Mangum hopes that students will be able to see that math is used everywhere, and not just in school.
“I had my students reflect on the experience and they said that they really enjoyed it,” Mangum said.
Students say that the conference has helped them understand the subject more, and they also learned a thing or two about animals.
“It was amazing,” said Kristen Baker. “I learned more about the animals there.”