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Math Modeling

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10 PDPs
Grade 9-12

Teachers work hard to engage students and to encourage student thinking and productive struggle. Despite heroic efforts, students are often disengaged and typically see math as an exercise in memorized procedures and frustration. We often hear the question, “When are we ever going to use this in the real world?” 

What’s in this workshop?

In this workshop on mathematical modeling, participants will 

  • Learn what math modeling is and some common approaches to quantifying (and answering) real-world problems
  • Learn basic technical computing and programming skills (including Excel/Google Sheets and MATLAB) to support math modeling activities
  • Build a toolbox to adapt students’ interests into effective classroom modeling activities, and assess students’ learning

By the end of this training, participants will be able to

  • Describe and implement approaches to mathematical modeling
  • Design classroom activities that incorporate mathematical modeling
  • Recognize and adapt modeling activities to math curriculum standards
  • Recognize situations where technical computing and programming approaches can enhance students’ modeling activities
  • Identify situations that can be adapted into effective modeling activities.

Registration Options

There are no available options to register for at this time.


A maximum class size is set for each course and registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If the number of registrations for a course exceeds the maximum seats available or is too low to be able to conduct a quality learning experience, CES will inform you of available options.

Course Cancellation

If you wish to cancel your registration, please submit a request in writing (via mail, email or fax) no later than 7 business days before the workshop’s start date. After that, there are no refunds or billing adjustments.

In the event that a course is cancelled by the Collaborative for Educational Services, we will notify you as soon as possible. Please be sure to provide your best email address and phone number so we can contact you. Although every effort is made to avoid last minute cancellations, if an emergency arises, we will do our best to reach you at the phone number and email address you provide.

Inclement Weather

Any delays or cancellations are posted online at You may also call 413-200-8395 after 6:30am for information about classes that day.

Event Contact

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Payment Methods

We accept the following payment methods:

  • Credit Card (Visa, Mastercard)
  • Check
  • Purchase Order
  • CES Internal Transfer
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