Mathematical Modeling and Research Course


District 219 has made advancing and integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Literacy a major focus in its curricular efforts to improve the educational experience of its students. To increase this opportunity from a curricular standpoint requires coordinated efforts and collaboration among science, mathematics, and engineering fields. Within the mathematics department, middle school students (6 through 8th graders) have frequently enrolled in high school coursework, several of whom begin their high school careers enrolled in Precalculus or Calculus. In light of the advancements of the curriculum offerings, as well as meeting the needs of students, District 219 launched Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) research centers at both Niles North and Niles West in the fall of 2009.
As we look to meet the board goal of improving the academic achievement of every student through the development of a STEM research center, we want to provide opportunities for our students to design and carry out sophisticated research, communicate with colleagues throughout the world, and have a competitive advantage as they seek college enrollment and entry into institutions of higher learning and the workforce. The Mathematical Modeling and Research course allows students who have the interest and aptitude in mathematics to continue to work in an advanced way in the world of mathematical modeling and research. Our Mathematical Modeling and Research course involves a year-long project in which students choose a research problem with guidance from the teacher and, with the help of a mentor, develop a model appropriate for the given situation.

Proposed Change

Mathematical Modeling and Research

A course designed to present students with the opportunity to address real world problems from a research-based mathematical modeling perspective. Through these experiences, students get exposure to the practical use of the mathematics and practice at developing a research project from the genesis of the problem to the formal presentation of a model solution.

Resource Textbooks for Instructor
Current Publications (mostly on-line) in Mathematical Modeling Research

Coursebook Description

Mathematical Modeling and Research
Length: 2 semesters
Credit: 2 mathematics credits
Open to Grades: 9 – 12
Grade Weight: V
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in a mathematics course and Director approval.
This course can be repeated for credit.

District 219 offers
Mathematical Modeling and Research
beginning in school year 2011-2012