There is quite a bit to do before you meet with the Tribunal.
You will have to learn as much as you can about metrics, survey some friends
and family to get a feel for what the average citizen knows about metrics,
decide whether or not (as a team) the US should adopt the metric system, and
design a bumper sticker with a catchy slogan and/or graphics that will be
used for national distribution. Then you will meet with the Tribunal and
present your information.
Everyone in your group will have a role. Read the following descriptions and
decide who is going to be who. If you have five members in your group, then
you will have two mathematicians.
- The Historian is the expert on...you guessed it!...the history of
the Metric System. How it started, how it's changed throughout the years,
what countries have and haven't adopted it, where it's headed in the future.
- The Economist is the expert on the financial benefits or
challenges if the US does or doesn't accept the Metric System.
- The NASA technician will speak about how a problem with metrics
affected a recent mission to Mars. He/she will also give his/her personal
view on whether the US should adopt the metric system. The NASA technician
will represent scientists throughout the United States.
- The Mathematician will present one or two math problems to show
how to use the concept of 10's when moving within the metric system.
"The Process" will give you more specifics of how to accomplish your
Mission. In addition, there will be more details for each role under the
GOOD LUCK and GO TEAM!!!!