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Building the Town of NumberOpolis!
What is Building the Town of NumberOpolis!?
Rebecca Klemm, PhD, Founder of NumbersAlive! and the NumbersAlive! Foundation
I developed Building the Town of NumberOpolis! to make mathematics meaningful and alleviate math anxiety that often depresses the ability to learn the value of mathematics.
Students design an entire town with numbers 0-9, and/or higher-level math and science constants. This program will require about 5-30 one-hour class periods depending on student age and extent of collaboration with other STEM/STEAM programs. The program enhances cognitive thinking and provides students with opportunities to think of mathematics as world patterns, linking it to all areas of life. In addition, the program integrates their imagination with nonstandard shapes—an important aspect of applying mathematics in future endeavors and careers.
An overall “urban plan” incorporating all created number houses and associated common areas, can be included depending on time restrictions. Teachers, older students or an extra team may be needed to prepare an overall urban or country plan.