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PUMAS (poo' • mas) -- is a collection of brief examples showing how math and science topics taught in K-12 classes can be used in interesting settings, including every day life.

The examples are written primarily by scientists, engineers, and other content experts having practical experience with the material. They are aimed mainly at classroom teachers, and are available to all interested parties via the PUMAS web site.

Our goal is to capture, for the benefit of pre-college education, the flavor of the vast experience that working scientists have with interesting and practical uses of math and science.

- Ralph Kahn
Pumas Editor and Founder

Featured PUMAS Example

Teaching Radicals in Less than Five Minutes by Juli Ratheal
Many students approach college level math courses with anxieties approaching phobic levels. Math instructors continue to search for innovative teaching methods which make math concepts easier to understand, and at the same time, lessen student fears. Various techniques, such as mnemonics, acronyms and other minds/hands-on techniques, have been used in attempts to increase student understanding, encoding, retrieval and usage of information. This article presents a conceptual teaching tool which consists of attaching new ideas or techniques to a previously learned concept or behavior.
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