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Common Read: All About the Math & Science: STEM

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The STEM Gab: Women and Girls in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

"Girls and women are systematically tracked away from science and math throughout their education, limiting their access, preparation and opportunities to go into these fields as adults."

Euler's Method - Scene from Hidden Figures

Interesting Reading

Applications and Activities


Differential Equations, a Tourist's Guide | DE1

  • An overview of what Ordinary Differential Equations are all about.

Escape Velocity - A quick History of Space Exploration

  • From the first rocket launch in 1926 to Gagarin, Armstrong, Hubble, Curiosity and beyond, take a fast ride through the 90 years of human space exploration.

How many ways are there to prove the Pythagorean theorem? -Betty Fei

  • TED-Ed lesson. Check out the full lesson by clicking HERE

How Math is Used on the ISS

  • Astronaut Chris Hadfield answers the question "How is math used on the ISS?"

How is calculus used in space travel?

  • In this video, Dr Mark Wilkinson, Lecturer in Physics and Astronomy at the University of Leicester, introduces us to planetary motion by explaining how calculus is used in space travel, and to work out the orbits of planets, looking at the forces of planets on one another.

NASA Now: Got Math?

  • In this NASA Now program, Jim Garvin, Ph.D, chief scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., explains how mathematics is a vital tool not only in everything happening at NASA but also in solving problems in everyday life.

Orbital Maths at NASA with Chris Hadfield

  • A look at orbital mechanics


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It's All About The Math!

Exploring the Math in 'Hidden Figures'

The movie gives a shout-out to Euler's Method--a centuries-old math technique. Did it really help send astronauts into orbit?