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Geometric Biology for the Chicago Public Schools

Summary: Geometric Biology
for the Chicago Public Schools
Robert Almgren
University of Chicago
I describe a geometry course that I have taught for each of the
last three summers to elementary and high school teachers from
the Chicago Public Schools. The mathematical theme of the
course is transformations of Euclidean space; we motivate this
by looking for applications to understanding the shapes of natural
objects such as starfish and seashells. The course consists of
hands-on construction exercises, theoretical discussions, and
computer exercises with Geometer's Sketchpad.
1. Introduction
For the past three summers, I have been teaching a geometry course to
teachers from the Chicago Public Schools. This course is part of the SESAME
program--Seminars for Elementary Specialists and Mathematics Educators--
directed by Paul Sally in the Department of Mathematics at the University of
Chicago. The program is funded by fees paid by the schools of participating
teachers, who receive professional development credit towards Illinois State


Source: Almgren, Robert F. - Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University


Collections: Mathematics