MMS: Space Math (Instructional Guide)

Program Element / Activity Title:
MMS: Space Math (Instructional Guide)
E/PO Project Name:
Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) Mission
Contact Information:
Code 672
Greenbelt, MD 20771
Program Element / Activity Website:
Program Element / Activity Partners within NASA:
Troy Cline-MMS, Dr. Sten Odenwald, Astronomer, SpaceMath developer
Short Description:

This guide uses examples from the MMS Mission to introduce mathematics in a real-world context to fifth through eighth graders. It is meant to help students learn about math utilizing the NASA MMS mission and be able to produce artifacts that can be shared with their peers and with their families. The main area of mathematics covered in this guide is geometry. The guide focuses on two-dimensional and three-dimensional geometry to assist students in developing spatial skills. There are also some activities that involve algebra and computational skills.

Program Element / Activity Image / Visual:
MMS Math Guide Cover
Program Element / Activity Status
Please share any additional updates or information about your program element / activity:
This is a wonderful, almost off the shelf resource. SpaceMath has over 7 million downloads. Put the "M" back into the STEM.
Audience Metrics
Who is the primary audience of your program element / activity?:
National Priorities and Coordination Approaches as Articulated in CoSTEM:
  • Improve STEM Instruction
  • Increase and Sustain Youth and Public Engagement in STEM
  • Better Serve Groups Historically Under-represented in STEM Fields
What are the goals and objectives of your program element / activity?:
Engage middle and high school students in learning MMS science and instrumentation; Provide mathematical thinking resources with MMS science
What is the design of the evaluation process for your program element / activity?:
What are the main impacts of your effort to date and how do they correlate to the project's goals and objectives:
Both science and math teachers are downloading the MMS book and individual problems
Have your evaluation findings / impacts been published? If so, where?: