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This Friday marks a very unique celebration on the international calendar: World Metrology Day. Not to be confused with ‘meteorology’, metrology is quite simply put, the scientific study of measurement. A concept of vital importance to fields such as engineering, metrology is a topic of keen interest for both education professionals and students studying Science or Mathematics.
Held each year, World Metrology Day celebrates the ‘signature of the Metre Convention’ which was held on the 20th of May in 1875 by representatives of seventeen nations. The theme for 2016 is ‘measurements in a dynamic world’, chosen to align with the increasing rapid pace of change, both in the field of measurement as well as the world around us. Given its relevance and broad applications, teachers can consider incorporating Metrology into one of the lesson plans and even perhaps as an inquiry-based learning task.
If you want to learn more about World Metrology Day, you can find more information as well as video clip and links on their website. If you have any ideas or lesson plans that are Metrology-based, please share them in the comments below. We hope that you enjoy Metrology day and that it measures up to your expectations!