Math Fights Hunger

 
 Using Math to Fight Hunger
 

Create a multi-media project proposing a solution to the problem of hunger in a country. 

 

 

 

Graded components of this project will include

 

 

 

  1. Evidence of research investigating nutritional values of foods and a country with a food deficit.  Complete all handouts to reflect knowledge gained.

     

  2. Solving the math problem allowing you to determine the combination of foods necessary to provide adequate nutrition for a country.

     

  3. A multi-media project in which you share your research, describe your problem solving activity, and the solution you propose. (TED Talk style:  focus on solutions).

     

 
 
 
Day 1:  Learning Targets
 
Day 2 & 3:  Learning Targets
  • Identify and Classify the foods of your chosen nation  by using

     

    Food and Agriculture Organization. United Nationshttp://www.fao.org/countryprofiles/lifdc/en/

  • Identify the Nutritional Values of foods available in your country by using

    United States Department of Agriculture: National Agricultural Libraryhttp://ndb.nal.usda.gov/

     
  • Evaluate the causes of hunger and malnutrition in your country
 
Record your findings on  Student Handout:  Foods of a Country and their Nutritional Values 
 
 
 
Day 3 & 4:  Learning Targets
Day 5 &6:  Learning Targets
 
  • Identify the variables, objective function, and constraints using Problem Formulation for Fighting Hunger
  • Input data and formulas into Excel Spreadsheet and use Solver to attempt to find the optimal solution using Excel Template for Fighting Hunger
  • Test feasible solutions to determine which nutrients people in the country are lacking.
  • Incorporate solution in your Photostory.
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