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 World of Work Becoming a(n)...planner, mathematician, transport managerWorld of Work DimensionsContextFinding the optimal route for a school bus within specific and local constraints. RolePupils can choose one of several roles. a planner (for example, school headmaster) should be taken by pupils who need a quick solution (not the best one). a mathematician fits those who would like to understand the context of the graph theory and be introduced to several algorithms. an information technology specialist also can be chosen for this task: pupils can find algorithms and software to solve some examples of this problem. ActivityTo make a bus route and to estimate travelling timeProductThe product depends on the pupilâ€™s role. For a practical designer the product is a scale drawing of the route with explanations. AbstractSchools have buses for taking pupils to school in many countries. A school bus picks up pupils in the morning and drops them off at the end of the day at designated stops on the bus route. With school buses, total time on the bus is always the most important dimension (pupils have to get to school on time), and there is a known time of travel between any two bus stops. Since children must be picked up at every bus stop, a tour of all the sites (starting and ending at the school) is required. Since the bus repeats its route every day during the school year, finding an optimal tour is crucial. Students have to solve a problem of transport management and should make a map sketch of the particular locality, label roads and bus stops. Documents Teacher: PDF and WORD Student: PDF and WORD Copyright/Creative CommonsMascil partner: LT  Materials are published under theCC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license. Inquiry Learning Inquiry Learning Dimensions- Exploring situations ✓- Planning Investigations ✓- Experimenting systematically ✓- Interpreting and evaluating ✓- Communicating results ✓Discipline- Mathematics ✓- Biology- Physics- Chemistry- EngineeringTarget group- Primary Education- Lower Secondary Education ✓- Upper Secondary EducationAge range11-15Duration90 min.