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The Global Village Math Challenge Pdf


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This challenge was inspired by the book "If The World Were a Village". It weaves mathematical, social, scientific, artistic concepts as well as stimulating creative & innovative thinking & problem solving.

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The Global Village Math Challenge Pdf

  2. 2. “ ...we find that the world has grown smaller and the world's people have become almost one community. Political and military alliances have created large multinational groups, industry and international trade have produced a global economy, and worldwide-communications are eliminating ancient barriers of distance, language and race. We are also being drawn together by the grave problems we face: overpopulation, dwindling natural resources, and an environmental crisis that threatens our air, water, and trees, along with the vast number of beautiful life forms that are the very foundation of existence on this small planet we share. I believe that to meet the challenge of our times, human beings will have to develop a greater sense of universal responsibility. Each of us must learn to work not just for his or her own self, family or nation, but for the benefit of all mankind. Universal responsibility is the real key to human survival. It is the best foundation for world peace, the equitable use of natural resources, and through concern for future generations, the proper care of the environment.” Dalai Lama
  3. 3. As of July 1, 2007, the world’s population was about 6 billion, 600 million - that’s 6 600 000 000. If we were to imagine the world as a village of just 100 people (each person represents 66 million people - 66 000 000) what would the community look like ?
  4. 4. If the World were 100 People 21 speak a Chinese dialect 9 speak English 9 speak Hindi 61 from Asia 7 speak Spanish 13 from Africa 4 speak Arabic 12 from Europe 4 speak Bengali 8 from South America & Caribbean 3 speak Portuguese 5 from Canada & the United States 3 speak Russian 1 from Oceania 9 are children under 5 equally 9 are between 5 and 9 18 are between 10 and 19 17 are in their 20’s 15 are in their 30’s 12 are in their 40’s 50 would suffer from malnutrition 9 are in their 50’s 20 would be undernourished 6 are in their 60’s 1 would be dying of starvation 4 are in their 70’s 15 would be overweight 1 is over 79 On average, 1 person dies & 3 babies are 75 people would have some supply of born every year. food and a place to shelter them from the wind and the rain, but 25 would not. 33 would be Christian 18 would be Muslim 16 would be Hindu 6 would be Buddhist Sources: The Global Citizen, May 31, 1990, Donella H. Meadows, Hebei 1 would be Jewish University 2001, Zero Population Growth Seattle, Unheard Voices: Celebrating Cultures from the Developing World, Returning Peace Corps Volunteers of 11 would believe in other religions Madison Wisconsin, 1992 15 would be non-religious
  5. 5. MATH CHALLENGE “Roots creep underground everywhere & make a firm foundation. Shoots seem very weak, but to reach the light, they can break open brick walls. Imagine that the brick walls are all the problems we have inflicted on our planet. Hundreds of thousands of roots & shoots, hundreds of thousands of young people around the world, can break through these walls. We CAN change the world.” Jane Goodall Page 11
  6. 6. village THE GLOBAL challenge The Guidelines : 1. Choose a partner or trio to work with (think complementary gifts/talents as well as how well you can problem solve together) 2.Choose one statistic (a piece of information or data that can be represented as a number) from the global village that interests you 3.Think about how you could represent that statistic in a visually engaging way (think 3-D, you may NOT do a poster ... sorry already done !) 4.Create a visual of the global village statistic you have chosen. 5. Use this rubric to guide your work: 4 3 2 1 Visual shows much Visual shows care, Visual shows some Visual shows little care, thoughtfulness & thoughtfulness & an care, thoughtfulness & care, thoughtfulness & is polished. effort to polish. is finished. is not finished yet. Visual connects village Visual connects village Visual makes some Visual does not statistic in a very statistic with some connection with the connect to the village meaningful & engaging meaning & is engaging. village statistic & at statistic yet & could be way. times is engaging. engaging if it was finished ! Time was totally used Time was mostly used Time was mostly not Time was not used wisely. wisely. used wisely. wisely.