Role Model Videos

Use the select lists below to find a video based upon math concepts and careers!

Systems Biologist - Cranos Williams - North Carolina State University


Cranos shares with us how math can be used to describe and control plant systems similar to how radio controlled cars are controlled. He describes math as a form of art, which he uses to create new solutions to global problems.

---- Related Activity ---- Faster and Farther

Materials - Go!Motion sensor, Fathom, Logger Lite (if using VCL), five cars, two computers

DESCRIPTION: In this activity students, working in small groups, will conduct an experiment in which they formulate conjectures to determine which variables influence the velocity and total distance traveled of a car rolling down a ramp. They will test their conjectures by conducting a lab using Fathom and motion detectors and matchbox cars

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Systems Engineer - Joe DeCarolis, NCSU



Want to know more about what a Civil Construction and Environmental Engineer does? Then watch this video to hear about this career from Joe DeCarolis, an Assistant Professor at North Carolina State University. He uses mathematics to solve complex environmental problems.

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Video Game Production Designer - Shaun McCabe

Shaun, a video game producer for Insomniac Games, talks about how math is used in the video game industry and his experience with math in high school.

---- Related Activity: Using Gym Memberships to Understand Systems----

Synopsis - This activity is designed to apply system of equations to the real-world situation of gym memberships. The students will conduct their own reasearch and use Fathom to analyze and interpret the graphs associated with purchasing a gym membership. 

Materials -Fathom, two computers

Notes - Activity works best with groups of 3-4. Roles include: 1) two students to research gym rates 2) student to input the data into Fathom and create the tables and graphs, and 3) a team leader to keep the group organized and on task by following actitvity displayed on their computer.