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Technology Assistant, Nipher Middle School
The year is 2037 and NASA has established a lunar outpost to enable lunar and Martian exploration, mining, and astronomical observations of deep space. Our astronaut crew at this lunar outpost routinely checks each module on the base. During a routine check to record thermal data on one of our storage units, an astronaut detects a fire in progress! Investigation specialists calculate various components of the fire. The CO2 & O2 specialists use an online fire simulator that yields data. They calculate the mean, median, and mode for the data given and then graph a box and whiskers plot for each run of the simulator trying to determine a central tendency for the data. Students use math skills and statistics to determine the cause of the fire and to make recommendations for fire suppression on the Moon. The communications specialists report all information to mission control and update the data received from their teams using the mission control board.
Standards: mean, median, mode, box-and-whiskers plots, area and volume, risk management, graphing, graph interpretation, math in everyday life