Learning doesn’t have to be stuck within the walls of a classroom. Applying math and science concepts in everyday life is a necessary skill everyone should have, regardless of age, in order to survive the real world.
Math skills are useful in everyday life for simple things like calculating the proper amount of tips or taxes for your purchases to more significant decisions like finding the best life insurance or mortgage option. Meanwhile, the concepts we learn from science can be used for simple tasks like everyday cooking to more involved ones like switching to a greener lifestyle.
To help equip you with the necessary skills to apply math and science concepts in your everyday life, we’ve gathered some educational resources leading to lessons, articles, calculators, and quotes.
- Learner: Math in daily life: How do numbers affect everyday decisions?
- Math Trainer: Math Trainer: The premier mental math app
Math Resources in Everyday Life
If you or your kids have been one of those students who often asked, “Are we ever going to use this in real life?" during math class, then this section is for you.
It’s never too early to teach children the wonders of math, especially applied math.
You can check out the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) website to get free access to excellent teaching aids to can use at home to educate your kids.
Their Math at Home Toolkit offers plenty of lesson plans that seeks to incorporate math learning with play and everyday tasks.
You can find it at the link below:
- NAEYC: Math at home toolkit
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Mind Research: Summer math activities for kids
The early teens are the perfect time to teach your kids about using math with everyday transactions like banking, taking out loans, and saving up for college. They already have some experience with the real world but are not yet entirely in it, so it’s easier to let them know the importance of applied math in real life.
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For Young Adults
It’s no secret that a good grasp of math concepts is needed to get through adulthood. College kids and young adults would benefit greatly from fine-tuning and expanding their numeracy skills in order to make financial decisions and apply mathematics in their careers starting early in their adult life.
If you’re looking for great resources to do just this, check out the following links:
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Math at work: Using numbers on the job
- University of North Georgia: Useful math sites
Science Resources in Everyday Life
Having a solid scientific foundation of how the world works is important as it greatly influences the everyday decisions we make in various aspects of our lives like medicine, food, transportation, and more.
To instill this in your kids or students, you can make science learning fun and filled with activities that relate concepts to real-world events or things.
Be sure to check out E-learning for Kids’ Science lesson plans. They have plenty of activities designed to teach kids science through stories and learning about other cultures in a sort of mash between the subjects of science and world cultures.
- E-learning for Kids: Science
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- National Institute of Health Sciences: Science: How it works
To get teenagers interested in science, you can start by introducing them to websites like Phys.org which presents new breakthroughs and advancements in science and technology in an interesting way.
Reading about how the things they learn in their biology, chemistry or physics classes are applied in real life, would make them more interested in lessons and might even influence them choosing their future careers.
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- National Weather Service: Weather content for kids and teens
For Young Adults
Just because your career isn’t in the field of science doesn’t mean you won’t need the concepts you have learned in life. To get a bigger scope of how useful science is in the real world, you can check out the Museum of Science and Industry’s website or even give them a visit if you live in the same state and have the time:
- Museum of Science and Industry: Explore MOSI
Here’s another site worth checking out:
- NASA: Solar system and beyond
Math and Science Calculators
Whether you’re still in school yourself or looking for convenient calculators to help with things like mortgages or student loans, you’ll find plenty of them online.
If you’re a student still, try sites with math and science calculators. You will find calculators for unit conversions, extrapolations, and much more.
Meanwhile, you an also find calculators that are a fantastic resource for mortgage and finance calculations, and they are tailored for both kids and adults alike.
- QuickMath: Quickmath step-by-step math solver
- Martindale Center: Martindale’s calculators online center
Math and Science Quotes
There’s nothing like a good quote to motivate people to do something or make them believe something.
"You do not study mathematics because it helps you build a bridge. You study mathematics because it is the poetry of the universe. Its beauty transcends mere things."
- Johnathan David Farley; Orono, Me.
"Numbers rule the universe."
- Pythagoras c.550 B.C.
Here are some great resources for math and science quotes from brilliant scientists and mathematicians.
Fun Math and Science Games
It’s no secret how helpful games are in teaching and learning concepts. Check out the PBS Kids, KQED, and Common Sense media websites for some fun and exciting math and science games that you can play alone or with your kids.
PBS Kids: Science games
Common Sense Media: Best adaptive math and games sites
Resources for Educators
If you’re a math or science teacher, you can find resources for lesson plans and interactive activities to use with your class. Consider hands-on lessons and group lessons to make math and science interesting.