A CIESE Primary Source and
Archived Collections Project

Population Growth Project

Project Overview

Amount by which the population of all European Union Countries combined grew in 2000.
Amount by which India's population grew in the first week of 2001.
Source: Time Magazine, Vol. 157 No. 10, March 12, 2001, p. 20.

This series of activities explores the mathematical and environmental aspects of population growth. How fast is the population growing? Has it always grown at this rate? Are the populations of different countries growing differently? How can we predict the population in the future? How will a growing population impact the environment?

Using archived census and demographic data as well as up-to-the-minute population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, students will learn how to model population growth and study the implications of a changing population.

This project is developed and managed by the Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education (CIESE) which is located at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. You can learn more about this project and many other CIESE sponsored Internet-based educational activities by visiting http://www.k12science.org.