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High Performance Math

Abstract: This is a conference paper for the Education Division's 2011 ASQ STEM Conference, Advancing the STEM Agenda in Education, the Workplace and Society, held at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. It is authored by Wendy Zinn and Craig Reisgen. HiPer Math is a very new program developed to teach California Content and Occupational Educational Standards in math and science through hands-on automotive engine dismantling and assembling, virtual drag racing and math competitions. There are lesson plans for over 60 standards (more to come) with the availability of custom lesson plans available to meet the needs of any student group. HiPer Math is an innovative teaching design using virtual online models of racing cars getting students to use math applications in competitive solutions to maximize the design and operation of these virtual vehicles. Through the use of virtual and hands-on devices, students design engines (bore, stroke, compression), fuel/air mixtures (carburetors), transmissions (gear and power ratios), tires and wheels (power and speed), body design (air drag and slip) and many other automotive functions using equations and problems based at their level of learning algebra, geometry, trigonometry, through to calculus. Projects are multi-dimensional allowing classes to integrate science, engineering, mathematics, and automotive design.

Keywords: STEM - Partnering - Learning Outcomes - K-12 Outreach - Conference Proceedings

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