Mathematical Teaching Software System. Abstract.
Children throughout the United States do not adequately develop problem-solving skills. Nationwide, students who take special written problem-solving exams have an average score of 11% correct. The objective is to create a tool by which teachers can augment their instruction abilities, automate some of the problem-solving process, and maintain the interest of the students. The end result will generate web pages for the student and will allow that person to view the problem from different angles. Also, the pages are dynamic so they will help ensure that the students will remain interested in the problem-solving sections of the online instructional aid software. By utilizing the World Wide Web and ASP, students using either Macintosh or Windows personal computers will be able to use the online problem-solving system on old and new machines. In conclusion, by creating a suite of ASP pages to help 3rd through 6th grade teachers teach problem-solving skills, the students will excel and significantly surpass the national average of 11% in problem-solving testing.
One evening small, furry, people-like Weebles, Wobbles and Widgets hurried about their secret caverns. One particular Widget named Wally wandered off too far and fell in a ravine. Weebles, Wobbles and Widgets ran over and tried to save poor Wally, but no one had a long enough rope. Then Wendell Wobble had an idea: If they formed a furry chain, holding on to each other, maybe they could reach down the 40” to Wally. The Weebles were 12” tall, the Wobbles were 8” high, and the Widgets were 4” high. How many different combinations of the small creatures would reach 40 inches?
The end product is a suite of ASP pages that will build dynamic pages for students depending on the problem category and difficulty desired. An ASP/web solution also allows the pages of generated HTML to be viewed from anywhere on any platform. Teachers will also be able to compare information obtained from all participating students.
By meeting with primary school teachers who are presenting problem-solving techniques, the project team will determine which techniques are successful and will attempt to computerize those techniques. Class materials will be reviewed to help define the system requirements.
James McCollum (leader) EE 180 hours
Scott Seieroe EE 165 hours
Josh Nielsen EE 165 hours
Scott Keister (reporter) EE 120 hours
Dr. John Lamont
Dr. Ralph Patterson
The project will cost