Role Model Videos

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

Oncology Nursing - Melissa Holt



Watch this video to learn more about how nurses calculate pain medication dosage rates for patients.

TechShop RDU Founder and UAV Pilot - Scott Saxon


Learn more about how Scott Saxon uses proportions to determined the size and dimensions of a model airplane. 

---- Model Rocket Activity ----

Synopsis - This activity is designed to compare a simplified model of a rocket launch to the actual data collected from an altimeter in a model rocket. Students will be modeling the quadratic pattern in the simplified version, and using a piecewise function from the actual launch

Notes - The Prelaunch calculations are complicated but do a good job teaching student's organization. The rocket launch isn't necessary, but is something the students enjoyed!

Materials - For the parabolic activity:Algebra 1 Fathom Book Activity, Student Experiment Handout and Questions

For the AFM Extension:-SkyTrax rocket data set and Fathom Workspace ,-Pre-Launch Calculations page,

-Launch Day Calculations page, -Post Launch Modeling Packet

For an actual launch:-Estes launch starter set that includes a payload rocket, -PerfectFlite Pnut Altimeter and USB data capture cord

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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.