Learning through “designing a tent”. (English)

Lee, Ngan Hoe (ed.) et al., Mathematical modelling. From theory to practice. Hackensack, NJ: World Scientific (ISBN 978-981-4546-91-1/hbk; 978-981-4546-93-5/ebook). Series on Mathematics Education 8, 205-220 (2015).

Summary: This chapter reports a mathematical modelling task which was conducted during a 5-day Mathematical Modelling Outreach (MMO) event held in Singapore in June 2010. During the event, both primary and secondary school students in Singapore worked on various mathematical modelling activities. Students from Australia schools were also invited to take part in this mathematical modelling event. This chapter documents the mathematical modelling processes of the primary and secondary school students, as they worked on a modelling problem involving designing a 4-man tent for beach-goers. The mathematical processes were discussing, planning, experimenting and verifying.