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Mathematical and Computational Methods for Planning a Sustainable Future (PS-Future)


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PS-Future is an exploratory project examining the potential for interdisciplinary modules to attract a diverse population of learners to STEM disciplines by engaging them in sustainability topics of broad personal relevance and provide an awareness of STEM educational opportunities and career paths related to sustainable living. The modules under development are on Passive Solar Building Design and Weather Generators.

PS-Future Project Activities:
  • Developing, testing, and implementing an innovative mix of short (roughly one week) instructional modules for grades 9-12, with student and teacher versions and short “teasers” or mini-modules associated with each module.

  • Hosting Student Prototyping Workshops during the summer to assist authors in writing the modules, teachers in teaching them, and everyone in understanding the connection between the materials and students.

  • Evaluating the effectiveness of PS-Future materials in attracting a diverse population of learners to STEM disciplines by engaging them in sustainability topics of personal relevance.

  • Compiling a compendium on “green jobs” and making related employment a part of each Module.


PS-Future Project Goals:

Empowering students to engage in sustainability discourse and exercise responsible citizenship by:

  • Producing materials that teachers can use to raise students' awareness of interdisciplinary issues in sustainability.

  • Enhancing students' facility with cross-cutting skills in mathematical and computational methods.

  • Heightening students' interest in mathematics and CS by immersion in sustainability topics of personal relevance.

  • Raising awareness of educational opportunities and career paths related to sustainable living.

  • Widely disseminating PS-Future modules.


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This material is based in part upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number DRL 1220022. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.