Bree HohnbaumMath 257Exploration PaperAround Christmastime, many schools like to create projects about Santa, Christmas, Hanukah, or
any other holiday that the students would like to celebrate. This is why the video “Scientific Secrets of Santa’s Success
-How Santa Gets around in
Just One Night (20/20)” appealed to me. The video is a
scientific way to see how long it would take Santa to deliver presents in one night, covering all countriesand houses. The video also shows how to use the scientific notation when needed and also how to dosome complex decimals and fractions while converting them from seconds to minutes to hours. Therewere also some estimations in there like, how many presents per house or how many children per house
that was a “good” boy or girl that year.
The video did a great job of representing how to calculatesomething
that some may think are “incalculable”. This video is relatable to students and also relatable
to math. Relating things from the topic to the students is the key when presenting new information.I really liked this video because it is informational while showing how to calculate large sums. Ilike that it was funny a
nd educational at the same time while it didn’t lose interest.
t concludethat Santa is not real, which I liked, it basically just showed us the time it takes for him to go around the
world and how “magic” works.
It can have the students draw their own conclusions about Santa. Thevideo showed how to accurately use the scientific notation for large quantities and conversions. I thinkthis is a great idea to use with students in a number of topics.I could use the video about Santa in my own classroom in a great many of ways. Any holidaycould be used. Take Halloween, for example. I could tell the students to make a guess on how manypumpkins are in a pumpkin patch. Then, I would have them multiply the number of pumpkins in a