Teachers Workshop

O.R. and Mathematical Analytics for High School Math Teachers

When will you ever use this?

Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013
139A Learning and Environmental Sciences Building,
1954 Buford Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108
Teacher Registration Deadline: October 1st, 2013
Register here.
INFORMS Workshop Leader: Kenneth Chelst -


Sponsored by INFORMS, Wayne State University and STEM Education Center of University of Minnesota.
An activity of the Public Awareness Committee


Full-day Session: 8:00am-3:00pm
Deterministic and Probabilistic Real World Decision Models
      • Four Topics: Multiple Objectives, Linear Programming,

         Queueing and Simulation
      • Use Excel to Solve Larger Problems


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 team received a $3 million five-year grant from NSF. The project developed and implemented a two-semester course for high school seniors based on the mathematics of operations research. The curriculum is currently being taught in dozens of high schools to several thousand students across six states. 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 for information about course content.) The primary goal of this workshop is to provide high school teachers with experience teaching sample operations research material from this project. 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.


If you have any questions at all, please send Kenneth Chelst an email at Actual registration for workshops is done at