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Fostering A Relationship Between Computer Animation And Middle School Math Students

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

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June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

End Date

June 25, 2003



Conference Session

Mathematics in the Transition

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8.579.1 - 8.579.5



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Lisa Kilmer-Doty

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Session #2665

Fostering a Relationship between Computer Animation and Middle School Math Students

Lisa A. Kilmer University of Central Florida

Abstract This paper documents an outreach program from a university-level computer animation program to students within a middle school math class. Students were introduced to the concept of 2D and 3D space during the first class meeting using a variety of inexpensive props and appropriate brainteasers. The second meeting consisted of the students using basic geometric shapes to create computer-animated characters that were later brought to life by the instructors via a 3D modeling package. The purpose of the meetings were to 1) expose middle school students to the field of computer animation, 2) demonstrate the relation between math and computer animation, 3) foster interest in real world applications of math.

Introduction As technology advances everyday, generations are exposed to new realms of possibilities at a much earlier age. Schools are constantly implementing new programs that expose children to emerging technologies and integrate new curricula to make the young more techno-savvy as the world advances with them. However, many elementary school students are still unaware of the consequences these technologies have on their lifestyle and the advantages associated with them. The workshops, detailed in the following paper, explain one attempt at educating middle school students on the involvement of technology in their school studies and everyday life. The goal was to engage students in their usual day-to-day school subjects (i.e. math) by integrating technologies used everyday around the world. Students were encouraged to explore the field of computer animation and how technology has made the industry possible, yet can be related back to middle school subjects for its basis.

Learning Styles of Middle School Math Students Presentations on computer animation and its relationship to mathematics were delivered at an inner-city middle school in Orlando, Florida. Lee Middle School is part of the Orange County Public School system. The enrollment summary for Lee Middle School is as follows:

School White Black Hisp. Other Enr. Total Lee 35.43 51.61 10.45 2.51 1,205

The learning experience was designed to be fun and exciting, yet also educational. Different students can perceive learning experiences different ways, which is a direct correlation as to how

Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2003, American Society for Engineering Education

Kilmer-Doty, L. (2003, June), Fostering A Relationship Between Computer Animation And Middle School Math Students Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--12663

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