Astonishing World Math Meters

Reviewed by Diane Flynn Keith
Top Subjects:  Animals   Art/Architecture   Geography   Health   History   Math   Reading   Science
Resource:Astonishing World Math Meters
Summary:Age Range: 9 and up (approximately, with parental supervision). This ad-supported website, run by an international team of developers and researchers, provides world statistics updated in "a thought-provoking and time relevant format to a wide audience around the world."
Description:The site claims to have no political, governmental, or corporate affiliation, and was voted one of the best free reference websites by the American Library Association (ALA).

When you get to the site you'll see numbers flashing before you that represent the statistics on a variety of topics that include:

*World Population - Watch the numbers advance on births, deaths, and the net population growth today.

*Government & Economics - Watch the mind-boggling figures increase on expenditures in healthcare, education, and the military. Discover the number of cars, bicycles, and computers produced or sold this year.

*Society & Media - Find out the number of book titles published, newspapers circulated, TVs and cellular phones sold, money spent on videogames, and how many emails and blog posts are sent/made in a day.

*Environment - Learn how many forests were lost, how many tons of carbon dioxide were emitted this year, or the species that have gone extinct and more.

*Food - See the amount of food produced this year, the number of undernourished people in the world, number of overweight people, money spent on weight loss programs, etc.

*Water - See how many people have no access to safe drinking water.

*Energy - Discover the energy used in a day from renewable and non-renewable sources. See the number of days to the end of oil, gas, and coal.

*Health - Get information about traffic fatalities, world spending on illegal drugs, number of cigarettes smoked today, deaths caused by malaria, cancer, AIDS, communicable diseases, etc.

If this doesn't result in educational questions and discussions - I don't know what will. It's a veritable springboard to learning through really fast addition. :) Plus, it shows kids the practical use of math in the real world.

Don't miss the "Foreign Language" component - scroll to the bottom of the page and you can view all of these statistics in languages from Arabic to Ukrainian.
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