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The Paper Airplane Contest: Fabricating for Flight and Mathematical Problem Solving
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, , , University of Virginia, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Austin, Texas, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-92-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

Vested interests across the U.S. express concerns that students leaving K-12 schools are unprepared to deal with the complexities of STEM disciplines in the real world (Bull, Knezek, & Gibson, 2009; Wagner, 2008). U.S. mathematics curricula and teaching practices, in particular, tend to lack authentic problem-solving experiences that help develop students’ 21st century skills. This study explores a models-and-modeling (M&M) approach to mathematics that involves realistic problems that require teams of students to generate a product or model that utilizes mathematic concepts for prediction, explanation, or exploration (English & Mousoulides, 2009). Eighteen students from one fifth-grade classroom participated in a M&M unit involving digitally fabricating paper airplanes as part of a qualitative study that assessed problem-solving strategies and learned content. Results confirmed that students struggle with ill-defined mathematics problems but that they are engaged by such activities.

Citation

Kjellstrom, W., Tillman, D. & Cohen, J. (2012). The Paper Airplane Contest: Fabricating for Flight and Mathematical Problem Solving. In P. Resta (Ed.), Proceedings of SITE 2012--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1046-1051). Austin, Texas, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved December 12, 2019 from .

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