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From the New Mexico STARS course catalog:

"This Applied Math course aligns to the high school standards for Mathematics I or Algebra 1 and Geometry with an emphasis on application. The standards are used in a contextual environment.

The fundamental purpose of this course is to extend the mathematics that students learned in Mathematics I or Algebra 1 and Geometry and should not be the first time students learn these concepts.

The critical areas deepen and extend understanding of linear and exponential relationships through analyzing, solving, and using quadratic functions and expand and explore more complex geometric situations and deepen their explanation of geometric relationships. The Standards for Mathematical Practice apply throughout each course and, together with the content standards, prescribe that students experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes use of their ability to make sense of problem situations."

The textbook is divided into eight chapters and is offered as a free PDF download from our website. This breakdown correlates to four chapters per semester or two per quarter. Thus, defining a workable template for how we manage all of our courses. All teacher lesson plans, slide-show presentations, student worksheets, and other resources, can be found on the S.T.E.M. For the Classroom website.

Moreover, each chapter deals with a different aspect of aerospace and astronautics, using real-world industries. This hands-on approach also translates to real praxis for the students, because they are actually motivated and animated about school.

Each chapter is subdivided into five parts:

     1. Narrative
     2. Vocabulary
     3. Analysis
     4. Space Mission Design App
     5. Chapter Exam

From start to finish, students participating in this eight-tiered approach will be challenged to step out of their learning comfort zone, simply by designing realistic space missions using actual spacecraft data. It follows that they will then gain a practical understanding of Mathematics and Science.

Students will use Google Technology as they play the role of "Cloud Software Engineers” where they will create space mission apps using Google Sheets; write and display their Engineering Journal using Google Docs; present their findings to the rest of the class using Google Slides; and embed everything in their own website using Blogger.

Ensuing, students will use social media to demonstrate their hard work to their friends and family, who will proudly leave comments on the website, and who will in turn share the human adventure with the rest of the community.