Using Math in Careers

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Middle school students are learning about using math in careers thanks to an innovative approach.  Real life representatives of diverse careers recently visited Horace Mann Middle School in Wisconsin, and  what common topic did they talk about? Math.

The school hosted its first Math in Careers Day. It featured more than 40 parents and community members talking to students about how math fits into their daily lives.

“We often hear, ‘Why do we have to learn this? I’m never going to use this stuff.’ Now they see there are people who really do use this stuff across the board,” said Jodi Stanchik, a math interventionist with the district.

Stanchik helped coordinate the event, and said each student attended six sessions with a unique presenter.

Sarah Czech enjoyed seeing how a cosmetologist uses math, and said she had fun in the rest of the sessions she attended as well. Czech likes math and said it was interesting to see the different ways people use it in their careers.

“It got me kind of excited to use math later in life,” Czech said.

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Arlene Johnson is a retired aerospace engineer — or rocket scientist. She tested rockets, aircraft and helicopters in wind tunnels, and set up a small wind tunnel for her sessions.

Johnson said she used to be the student in math class wondering whether she would use math as an adult. She learned to love math and said she pursued a career where she had fun every day.

She decided to give presentations because she enjoys math, and wants to inspire students, especially girls, to pursue math-related careers.

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