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GAIMME report includes discussion and definition, example problems, and rubrics



Becky Kerner
Digital Communications Manager
Phone: 2679928681

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Philadelphia, PA – A partnership between the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications (COMAP), Guidelines for Assessment and Instruction in Mathematical Modeling Education (GAIMME) enables the math modeling process to be understood as part of STEM studies and research, and taught as a basic tool for problem solving and logical thinking. 

GAIMME helps define core competencies to include in student experiences, and provides direction to enhance math modeling education at all levels, from pre-k to undergraduate. It discusses possible teacher implementation of the process of math modeling, and offers suggestions for assessing student work and solutions.

Applied mathematician professionals from an array of backgrounds wrote and reviewed the sections of the report to ensure that various levels and perspectives were included. GAIMME is freely downloadable in full color for viewing online and as a less ink-saturated version for download and printing from both SIAM and COMAP’s websites. 

Contents: What is Mathematical Modeling?; Early and Middle Grades (k-8); High School (9-12); Undergraduate; Resources; Examples; Assessment Tools.

Access the report on the SIAM or COMAP wesbites.

Printed copies of the report may be ordered at the SIAM bookstore. The US $20 cost covers your print copy and its shipment to you.

Writing Team:
Karen BLISS, Virginia Military Institute
Kathleen FOWLER, Clarkson University
Ben GALLUZZO, Shippensburg University 
Frank GIORDANO, Naval Postgraduate School
Landy GODBOLD, The Westminster Schools in Atlanta
Heather GOULD, Vassar College 
Rachel LEVY, Harvey Mudd College
Jessica LIBERTINI, Virginia Military Institute 
Mike LONG, Howard Community College
Joe MALKEVITCH, York College, City University of New York (CUNY) 
Henry POLLAK, Columbia Teachers College 
Dan TEAGUE, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics
Henk VAN DER KOOIJ, Utrecht University, Freudenthal Institute 
Rose Mary ZBIEK, Penn State University

with suggestions from many reviewers.

Funded by: Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications ( and Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (

With the cooperation of National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and with the support of Moody’s Mega Math (M3) Challenge.


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Tel: 1-267-992-8681

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