Girl Power and PoW
Using the Internet to Encourage Girls' Participation in Higher Level Mathematics

presented by Geri Anderson-Nielsen, Sarah R. Bax, and Suzanne Alejandre

at the NCTM Annual Meeting
Realizing the Vision of School Mathematics
Las Vegas, Nevada
Session 425
Marco Polo 702 - at the Venetian
8:00 am - 9:30 am Tuesday, April 23, 2002

Description: Explore ways to use the Internet to provide challenges for algebra students. We will share our experience using the Math Forum's Problem of the Week (PoW) and other Web resources as tools for facilitating Girl Power, an after-school club to encourage excellence in mathematics for middle school girls mentored by high school girls.

Background: Girl Power, the brainchild of our principal, started as a community service connection for high school girls to encourage middle school girls to continue studying mathematics in high school.

Setting up the Girl Power Program:

View our PowerPoint presentation

The Content:

Problems of the Week - The Math Forum @ Drexel
Problems designed to provide creative, non-routine challenges for students in grades three through twelve. Problem-solving and mathematical communication are key elements of every problem.

Flatland Soldiers || Archived Solution

Figure This! Math Challenges for Families - National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
Provides interesting math challenges that middle-school students can do at home with their families.
Problems with a Point - Education Development Center, Inc (EDC)
Problems are classified by topic, time required, suggested technology, required mathematical background, and habits of mind that students develop or use as they work. Synopses of the problems are keyword searchable. Answers and solutions are provided, and many problems include hints.

Problems of the Week:

Elementary || Discrete || Trig/Calc        Middle School || Algebra || Geometry

Problems Library

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