My husband is a 9-12 math teacher who is looking for someone who can do a quick flash program variation to help inner city kids in Milwaukee get more involved and excited about learning math. I realize this isn't a typical post, but if anyone here is willing and able to do this or know someone who would, it would really make a difference. Below is the letter he wrote explaining his lesson idea and the game.
I am a 9-12 math teacher at Wisconsin Conservatory of Lifelong Learning in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I want to reform the way math is taught here in Milwaukee to a more real-world problem-solving format that kids can relate to. There isnt a lot of fun in math here in the US.
I am currently teaching a unit on trajectories and how to calculate firing solutions. I was hoping to modify a flash game I believe is a perfect fit for the unit I am teaching.
Some of you might be familiar with the flash game Bowman. Here is a link to the game if you want to see it (sorry about the intro commercial).
The students know the game but and it is a very good game for teaching trajectories and quadratics with real world applications, but it has its limitations.
It uses the mouse to allow the user enter power AND angle at the same time. This makes entering a firing solution, which sometimes must be accurate to the hundredths, very tricky and difficult. There are other problems as well. I contacted some professors at MSOE (Milwaukee School Of Engineering) and they chose either not to reply or to give me programs that did not meet even the basic constraints of what I was asking. (Go figure!)
What I need is for both the angle and velocity of an arrow to be inputted into the computer via keyboard instead of the mouse. I also need the opponents distance and windspeed (when not 0) displayed on the screen or upon request before the arrow is shot. Thats it. An option to get a shot summary after a shot has landed with the number of seconds an arrow was aloft, how far away it traveled along the ground (its x-coordinate relative to the shooter) and its maximum height would also be valuable. Otherwise its a perfect program.
I dont know anything about flash, and dont have time to learn how to capture its code and modify it to make it work for my unit. My kids would love the challenge&Wouldnt you want to shoot a few of your old professors with arrows?
Kids will be challenged to beat me at Bowman. Ill let them go first because otherwise Ill always win (MU-HAHAHA!) This will be used to teach inner city kids the value of math particularly parametric graphing, quadratics, trigonometry, substitution, roots and fun.
I would appreciate any assistance you could offer.