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The Math, Science and History of Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is more than a time to pass out candy and cards. It’s a day that inspires engineering, a walk into ancient history and mathematical techniques. You have my permission to officially cite this blog post to show you how.

Valentine’s Day Engineering

In the PBS Learning Media lesson,The Sweet Science of Chocolate (Grades 4-13+), chocolate makers explain the elaborate engineering and chemistry behind this tasty treat.

The History of Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is a mixture of a roman holidayl, a saint’s backstory and the marketing prowess of the card and candy industry.

Use this video from the History Channel to explore it’s origins.

For more Valentine’s Day history, check out the History Channel’s Valentine’s Day page

Math and Love

In this PBS Learning Media lesson, Valentine Cards: Exploring Relationships Between Variables (Grades 7-9), learn a technique to figure out the total number of valentines exchanged among students in different-sized classes with this interactive