How do you get students from 20,000-plus secondary schools to feel a sudden urge to voluntarily—and after school—do math?
Generally, of course, you don't. As evidence, simply note the ranking of our nation's 15-year-olds in math vis-à-vis international testing (see PISA in Storyboard 30).
● And it's not just our 15-year-olds. Mounting data suggest that other nations are catching up with the U.S. in science, innovation and patents. America's portion of published research has fallen from 63% internationally to 29% in just two decades, and its share of Nobel Prizes has dropped. On the other hand, in a manner noted throughout this website, the student-driven GMnavy.go model will be positioned to inspire our nation's young people to a stepped-up interest in the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).
● A student at a Title I school (a subtopic in exhibit "N"), for instance, perhaps interested in gaining national recognition, becoming known to her peers at the other 20,000-or-so Uni-Sites, might hit upon the idea of doing something with what mathematicians refer to as "recreation math." Let's say that she creates a compelling (real-time metrics verified) challenge for students across the U.S. to invent a formula to find the area of a seven-sided figure, a heptagon, a feat never before accomplished. Prime-Time would be positioned to fuel the urgency, perhaps with periodic pop-up announcements making such event or contest all the more special.
The "heptagon challenge" would instantaneously be at the fingertips of scores of millions of students already at The Model. The more entertaining the contest, the greater the number of students who might engage, whether for fun or recognition. In the case of finding a heptagon formula, of course, recognition might be worldwide.
A hallmark after-school objective, the metrics-based GMnavy.go model will routinely seek to elicit growing numbers of secondary schoolers and younger, despite prior indifference, to dabble in nonassignment-related fun in the STEM subjects.