Education Technology

Managing the National Debt

Published on 07/19/2006

Activity Overview

Students will predict the national debt by using logistic growth. The students will find the current national debt and use it to make their predictions. (See before the activity)

Before the Activity

There is an optional section which will allow the students to predict the national population and then compare the present amount of debt per person with the future amount of debt per person.

See the attached Activity PDF file(s) for detailed instructions for this activity.

During the Activity

Follow the procedures outlined in the activity.

Students will:

  • Be able to develop a logistic growth model for predicting future values.
  • After the Activity

  • Review student results
  • As a class, discuss questions that appeared to be more challenging
  • Re-teach concepts as necessary