We brought our suite of Navigation Math to New York to share how we relate math to Texas History and the voyage of La Belle which is on exhibit at the Texas State History Museum.
Participants learned about Mercator Maps, how parallel rulers are useful to translate lines so that course headings can be related to a compass rose. We built parallel rulers and designed compass roses and met a bunch of great math enthusiasts. We might even come back to collaborate with John and the Skill Mill to do a program for a family night event at the Museum. Sounds like fun!
So want to make parallel rulers in my geometry classroom. How could go go about doing this with my students.
We can do them as part of a field trip to the Texas State History Museum, or we can send them to you if you want to use them in a different context.