Energizing the Future


High School Teachers

Tuesday, November 9, 2010
University of Texas at Austin - West Pickle Research Bldg.
3925 W. Braker Lane

Teacher Registration Deadline: October 22, 2010
Registration Contact RSVP: J. Eric Bickel - ebickel@mail.utexas.edu
INFORMS Workshop Leader: Kenneth Chelst - kchelst@wayne.edu

Two Sessions
Full Day: 8:00am-3:00pm
Deterministic and Probabilistic Real World Decision Models
• Four Topics
• Greater Depth
• Use Excel to Solve Larger Problems

Evening: 4:30pm-7:30pm
Deterministic Real World Decision Models - Two Topics
• Multi-Criteria Decisions
• Linear Programming

NOTE: Schools can receive a substitute teacher subsidy of up to $100 for each participating teacher.

This workshop is based on a curriculum developed under NSF funded Project MINDSET (Mathematics Instruction using Decision Science and Engineering Tools). In 2007, the Project MINDSET team received a $3 million five-year grant from NSF. Project MINDSET is developing, implementing and evaluating a two-semester course for high school seniors based on the mathematics of operations research. The course is intended
• to improve multi-step problem solving,
• to improve interpretation of results, and
• to increase motivation and positive attitude toward mathematics.

The project team has already developed two semester-long texts, one in deterministic decision making and the other for probabilistic decision making. (See www.mindsetproject for information about course content.) These texts are currently being used by hundreds of students in dozens of high schools in Michigan, North Carolina, and San Diego, CA. The primary goal of this workshop is to provide high school teachers with an experience using sample operations research material from project MINDSET. They can use it to enrich topics in algebra and probability and statistics that they are already teaching. A secondary goal is to have teachers consider introducing a full-semester course in a subsequent school year.

All participants receive copy of Does This Line Ever Move: Everyday Applications of Operations Research, by Kenneth Chelst and Thomas Edwards, Key Curriculum Press (2005).

Sponsored by INFORMS, University of Texas at Austin, National Science Foundation,
Wayne State University, North Carolina State University and University of North Carolina-Charlotte.



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