ha, this is about math education. But actually yes, about material benefit too, but much greater than a listing: The entire Economy benefiting from a more numerate and thinking school-output.
Is the school near you already using it?]]>
When I observe children whirring around on their smart phones / tablets (and on my computers) I wonder whether it isn’t adults for whom the simpler device should be made…
Same with the display size: If adult drivers had to be tested on reading children’s mobile text messages – this would be the way to clear the roads of traffic.
Bringing about another version is an unenviable task. Regarding the more advanced functions, young students should be told: “There is nothing scary there, we simply haven’t yet gotten round to telling you what they mean”.]]>
Graham Kneebone Parent]]>
CNN September 30, 1999: “Metric mishap caused loss of NASA orbiter
NASA lost a 125 million Mars orbiter because a Lockheed Martin engineering team used English units of measurement while the agency’s team used the more conventional metric system for a key spacecraft operation, according to a review finding released Thursday.”
“A failure to recognize and correct an error in a transfer of information between the Mars Climate Orbiter spacecraft team in Colorado and the mission navigation team in California led to the loss of the spacecraft last week, preliminary findings by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory internal peer review indicate.
“People sometimes make errors,” said Dr. Edward Weiler, NASA’s Associate Administrator for Space Science. “The problem here was not the error, it was the failure of NASA’s systems engineering, and the checks and balances in our processes to detect the error. That’s why we lost the spacecraft.”
The peer review preliminary findings indicate that one team used English units (e.g., inches, feet and pounds) while the other used metric units for a key spacecraft operation. This information was critical to the maneuvers required to place the spacecraft in the proper Mars orbit.”
A QAMA using aerospace engineer like yourself would, most likely, have prevented this happening.