Yearlong project spotlights Mathematics of Planet Earth
Throughout 2013, mathematics educators and institutions are taking part in the Mathematics of Planet Earth project (http://mpe2013.org/), a worldwide effort to promote awareness of the ways in which the mathematical sciences are used in modeling the earth and its systems – both natural and manmade. More than a hundred scientific societies, universities, research institutes, and organizations have banded together to encourage research and heighten awareness of the essential role played by mathematics in facing the challenges to our planet.
Most recently, this theme has been incorporated into April’s Mathematics Awareness Month, with this year’s theme of Math and Sustainability (http://www.mathaware.org/mam/2013/sustainability/). The Math Awareness website features a range of activities and resources that can be used at all levels to empower students with the knowledge and skills they need to help society address sustainability issues.