About MathPaths


Mathematics Is Used to Innovate, Measure, Plan, and Understand Solutions to Real-World Challenges

The MathPaths video series brings mathematics content to life by demonstrating how math is used in today’s various workplaces. Our videos feature professionals from a wide variety of STEM fields, particularly engineering, computer and information sciences, the natural sciences, and the mathematical sciences.

Scientists and STEM professionals share examples from their daily work to reveal the real-world uses of the mathematics that students are studying—or aspire to study. In particular, MathPaths videos connect concepts from the classroom (e.g., geometric reasoning, trigonometry, modeling with functions, rates of change, covariational reasoning, and so on) to actual STEM contexts, applications, and careers.

Stories are not only informational, but also aspirational, as STEM professionals share details about their career paths, challenges they’ve faced, and their advice for students.

About the Dana Center

The Charles A. Dana Center develops and scales education innovations to support educators, administrators, and policymakers in creating seamless transitions throughout the K–14 system for all students, especially those who have historically been underserved. We focus in particular on strategies for improving student engagement, motivation, persistence, and achievement.

The Dana Center Mathematics Pathways (DCMP) is a systemic approach to dramatically increasing the number of students who complete math coursework aligned with their chosen program of study and who successfully achieve their postsecondary goals.  


This video series was made possible through the generous support of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Greater Texas Foundation, and the State of Texas.

Special thanks to STEMedia, Simpson Engineers & Associates, Cummins Inc., the Texas Council on Environmental Quality, IBM, and the Mathematical Association of America (MAA).Tooltip Text