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Math and Science Across Cultures: Activities and Investigations from the Exploratorium [Paperback]

Maurice Bazin , Modesta Tamez
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Feb. 13 2003
Innovative, hands-on math and science activities of many cultures, from one of the world's foremost science museums. Too often, the study of science, math, and technology is limited to the major successes of the Western world. Yet people all over the world have observed and explored nature and developed technologies to help them in their everyday lives. From the creators of the national bestseller and Parent's Choice Book Award-winner The Explorabook (over one million copies sold) comes Math and Science Across Cultures, designed to help teachers, parents, and youth-group leaders use hands-on activities to explore the math and science of different cultural traditions, and to make these subjects more relevant and approachable for children of all backgrounds. Black-and-white illustrations throughout.

With instructions in this book, you can: • Construct a Brazilian carnival instrument and investigate the science of sound. • Play a peg solitaire game from Madagascar and learn about mathematical patterns. • Experiment with a traditionally prepared cup of Chinese tea and learn about energy flow. • Count like an Egyptian, decipher Mayan mathematical symbols, and decode the ancient Inca number system of knotted cords.


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Maurice Bazin has taught physics at Princeton University and codirected the Exploratorium's Teacher Institute. Modesto Tamez develops science curricula at the Exploratorium. Founded in 1969, the Exploratorium is San Francisco's innovative hands-on museum of science, art, and human perception, visited by over six hundred thousand visitors a year.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Also ideal for use in a homeschooling environment Feb. 13 2003
Format:Paperback
Collaboratively compiled and written by Maurice Bazin, Modesto Tamez, and the Exploratorium Teacher Institute, Math And Science Across Cultures: Activities And Investigations From The Exploratorium is specifically designed to enable teachers and parents to make science and math both relevant and interesting to children through the use of hands-on activities drawn from different cultural traditions. While construction the Cuica (a Brazilian instrument used during Carnaval) students can investigate and learn about the science of sound. Through the use of "Sona" (Southwestern African sand drawings), students will re-enact ancient storytelling traditions the use complex, interwoven patterns which reflect basic mathematical principles. From counting like an Egyptian, to decoding like a Mayan, to drawing like a Tchwokee, Math And Science Across Cultures will entertainingly and informatively engage children in the discoveries, innovations, and creative explores of cultures from around the globe. Highly recommended as a traditional classroom curriculum supplement, Math And Science Across Cultures is also ideal for use in a homeschooling environment.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Misleading details (please fix, amazon.com!) Nov. 22 2013
By Tomas - Published on Amazon.com
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Amazon.com has this book listed at 1106 pages. When I was looking around for multicultural math books, I thought this would be the definitive resource at encyclopedia length. Received the book today and found that it's only 176 pages. I was extremely disappointed. The material seems interesting but it also seems very specific that it might bore some kids. But maybe my expectations were a bit unrealistic. I'm glad at least I only paid $3 for it (plus shipping).

For what it really is, the book is definitely aimed at middle school levels and has a bibliography at the end of each chapter to look at the projects/activities in more depth. If you're going to spend any more than a school day on a particular project/activity, I would say you should definitely look at the further resources. Each chapter is probably at most 8-10 pages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Also ideal for use in a homeschooling environment Feb. 13 2003
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
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Collaboratively compiled and written by Maurice Bazin, Modesto Tamez, and the Exploratorium Teacher Institute, Math And Science Across Cultures: Activities And Investigations From The Exploratorium is specifically designed to enable teachers and parents to make science and math both relevant and interesting to children through the use of hands-on activities drawn from different cultural traditions. While construction the Cuica (a Brazilian instrument used during Carnaval) students can investigate and learn about the science of sound. Through the use of "Sona" (Southwestern African sand drawings), students will re-enact ancient storytelling traditions the use complex, interwoven patterns which reflect basic mathematical principles. From counting like an Egyptian, to decoding like a Mayan, to drawing like a Tchwokee, Math And Science Across Cultures will entertainingly and informatively engage children in the discoveries, innovations, and creative explores of cultures from around the globe. Highly recommended as a traditional classroom curriculum supplement, Math And Science Across Cultures is also ideal for use in a homeschooling environment.
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling June 15 2011
By Kim Schuelke - Published on Amazon.com
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Fourteen riveting activities actively involve students in thoughtful analysis of cultural contexts for math and science. Most activities require only one to two hours of time and all provide meaningful writing prompts. Whether your students are twelve or twenty they're sure to enjoy these adventures ranging from making musical instruments or basket weaves to building irrigation ditches or creating natural dyes.
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