Connecting Industry to Math Instruction (CIMI)

In 2020, Wake Technical Community College (WTCC) in partnership with Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) and WakeEd Partnership received a National Science Foundation Grant (NSF) to integrate industry-inspired activities into math lessons. Helping Students Understand Real-World Applications of Mathematics by Connecting Industry to Math Instruction (CIMI) is a three-year grant, beginning June 1, 2020. Each summer, 20 high school and community college math instructors will have the opportunity to attend a two-week workshop during which they will spend two to three days in industry immersions and as a result, will choose a topic from their immersion to create an industry-inspired application.

The goals of CIMI are to:

  • Change classroom practice of at least 48 high school math teachers and 12 community college math instructors by increasing their use of industry-inspired activities to teach math concepts within the context of technical STEM fields.
  • Develop a Contextualized Math Activities Resource (CMAR) – an online catalog of self-contained, validated activities to improve student skills in mathematics, critical thinking, and communication using authentic, STEM industry-inspired scenarios – to affect the learning environment, course content, and experience of instruction for students preparing to be science and engineering technicians and for their teachers.
  • Better align applicable high school and community college math courses by collaboratively incorporating STEM-based, career-aligned contextualized math activities into sustainable classroom practice.
  • To support student recruitment into STEM fields, particularly focusing on five Applied Engineering Technologies programs at Wake Tech identified as high industry demand.