# NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration

## Exploring Space Through Math

Engage, Educate, and Inspire Mathematics Students

Mathematics is an essential component of contemporary science and engineering. Exploring Space Through Math will help students in grades 7-12 develop a deeper understanding of key mathematical concepts, and learn how to apply those concepts in the context of space exploration. This project can be a valuable supplemental component to the Mathematics curriculum as it exposes students to the limitless options in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM fields.

The focus of Exploring Space Through Math project is to promote inquiry through real world applications. Doing so will place students in the role of NASA scientists, engineers and researchers who work in teams to accomplish tasks. This project will promote cooperative learning, problem-solving and the use of technology.

Problems in this project follow the 5-E’s Instructional Model with a segment for each phase of instruction - Engage, Explore, Explain, Extend and Evaluate. This model is based on the constructivist approach, which says that learners build or construct new ideas on top of their old ideas.

Note: Often a problem is suitable for use in multiple math courses. Suggestions are shown next to the title.

TECHNOLOGY NOTE: NASA's Exploring Space Through Math project partnered with Texas Instruments to provide technology specific versions of some of the series problems. On this website you will find these problems are designated by the type of technology used: TI-Nspire™ technology and/or TI-84 Plus™ technology.

These problems, as well as other activities using TI technology, can also be found at the › TI Activity Exchange → and from the › TI Math Nspired website →.

### Algebra 1 Series

The Applications in Algebra 1 series emphasizes linear and quadratic functions. Algebra 1 is the gateway to high school mathematics and success in high school science courses.

### Geometry Series

The Applications in Geometry Series offers opportunities to learn the mathematics of deductive and spatial reasoning and to make algebraic connections to the geometric figures that they study.

### Algebra 2 Series

The Applications in Algebra 2 series gives students the opportunity to make connections between algebra and geometry and use one to help solve the other.

### Precalculus Series

The Applications in Precalculus Series uses functions to represent not only algebraic and geometric situations, but those involving probability, statistics, trigonometry and calculus.

## Current Opportunities

• ### Music in Space Downlink With the International Space Station  →

Tune into NASA's Digital Learning Network on March 27, 2013, at 2:30 p.m. CDT to see students discuss music and culture with astronauts on the space station.

• ### Going to Mars With MAVEN Student Art Contest  →

Entries for this contest for students ages 5-17 are due April 8, 2013.

• ### Citizen Science: Asteroid Mappers  →

Register today to help the Dawn Science Team investigate and analyze high-resolution images of the giant asteroid Vesta.

## Career Profiles

• ### So You Want to Work for NASA...

This resource page provides information about some of the careers NASA has to offer and the opportunities available for students.