THIRTEEN Inspires Students to Solve Real-World Problems With Algebra
Press Release from WNET.org
New York (January 10, 2011)- Hip-hop duo DobleFlo, season two Project Runway winner Chloe Dao, and Julia Detar, developer of popular video games played on Facebook, inspire teens to solve real-world problems using algebra in Get the Math, a new multimedia project from THIRTEEN and the team behind the hit PBS series Cyberchase. Premiering on THIRTEEN Sunday, February 20, from 11:30 AM- Noon and airing nationwide on public television (check local listings), Get the Math combines entertaining reality-style TV and online challenges to help middle and high school students see the relevance of math in exciting careers and develop algebraic thinking skills. The website, accessible at http://getthemath.org, features streaming video, interactive challenges, and materials for educators. Get the Math is a production of THIRTEEN in association with WNET.ORG-one of America’s most prolific and respected public media providers-with funding by the Moody’s Foundation.
THIRTEEN designed Get the Math to help increase student interest in learning algebra, promote an understanding of its usefulness and importance, and raise students’ awareness of careers using algebra. On the 2009 Program for International Student Assessment math test, high school sophomores in the United States scored 25th among 30 industrialized nations. Furthermore, a 2006 study at Florida International University found that students who failed Algebra 1 were four times more likely to drop out of high school than those who passed the course.
The integrated broadcast and Web materials engage and motivate students by making algebra concrete. Drawing on conventions of popular reality shows, Get the Math features profiles of dynamic young professionals working in fashion, video game development, and music production. Chloe Dao, Julia Detar, and DobleFlo (Manny Dominguez and Luis Lopez) share how they regularly use algebra in their work and then pose challenges connected to their jobs to two teams of teens.
Online viewers have the opportunity to tackle the challenges using interactive tools and hints; they can compare their strategies to solutions used by student teams in the video. Viewers can then deepen their understanding of the algebra concepts explored through additional interactive challenges.
The Get the Math website also features streaming video of segments from the half-hour broadcast program and resources for teachers, including a training video showing how to use the materials in the classroom, and a teacher’s guide with lesson plans. In addition, the site features an animated music video starring DobleFlo, downloadable MP3s of their music, including a math-themed rap they wrote for the project, and Q & A’s with the professionals and teens.
The Get the Math program is divided into three segments: