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Title: Global STEAM


We will explore several global issues in various activities, utilizing math, science, art and communication as our tools


This project includes several collaborative activities throughout the school year to explore global issues, using a variety of educational tools. These include population growth, climate change, measuring our world, and investigating the connection between water and plastic. Every project has an open-ended component that does not require math.  Schools may do either, or both



  • Ricardo Lopez, Argentina
  • Steve Weissburg, United States


English, Spanish

Student Age Levels

12-14 (Middle), 15-18 (Secondary)


Sep 20 2021 - May 30 2022

Possible classroom activities

LIFESTYLE STATISTICS - from different classrooms create a common survey of quantitative data about their community and school (ex. How many languages do you speak?). This data is shared and analysed.

GEOMETRY IN YOUR COMMUNITY - students post and share photos from their community that illustrate geometrical properties and principles.

HOW'S THE WEATHER - students collect and compare monthly temperature data for their region. Depending on the level of the students we can use linear or sinusoidal models to compare.  We also investigate effects of climate change

WORLD POPULATION - students gather data on our changing world population. Depending on the level of the students we can use exponential models or systems of linear equations.

EARTH MEASUREMENT - based on the experiment by Eratosthenes, students use the shadows of meter sticks measured at the same time around the world to calculate the size of the Earth.  (Note this can be run in either September (SIGN UP or March

PICTO EQUATIONS CHALLENGE: Formulate equations represented by pictograms. Share the designs challenging the rest of the participants to solve them.

Expected outcomes

Sometimes the product is a joint publication, an online exchange, the creation of a gallery of photos, or creation of a website.  We always build in lots of student interaction.

Group contributions to others and/or the planet:

The project helps students understand that mathematics is an important unifying tool for understanding our planet. The language of mathematics is culturally neutral, and is thus an ideal way to investigate, explore and share our world.

Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning

Part of quality education is becoming comfortable with mathematics and STEM and understanding how these are tools for understanding our world.

Goal 5: "Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls"  Women are under-represented in STEM fields.  This project creates ways for girls to participate equally and in a forum that is collaborative and project based.  

Goal 13: "Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts."  Many of the activities focus on environmental issues like temperature change and population growth.

Goal 16: "Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies"  Anytime students have an opportunity to collaborate with peers from another culture you are addressing this goal.

Curriculum area

Mathematics, Science, English, Social studies, Art, Environment


Do we have to use advanced mathematics for these activities?  Most of these activities allow for participation in a non-mathemtical component.

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