ACBL: Bridge Is Cool
The American Contract Bridge League introduces students to a sport of the mind they can play with friends and classmates. Every year, more than 4,000 students participate in the ACBL's School Bridge Lesson Series Program, which began in 1989.
According to the ACBL, playing bridge contributes to one's social and intellectual developments, resulting in:
- Improved memory
- Improved concentration
- Improved ability to develop and modify plans
- Development of judgment and teamwork abilities
- Development of logic and analytical skills
- Increased social skills
- Lifetime enjoyment
Resources on their site are organized under these categories:
- The Game
- Be Cool (download bridge-themed wallpaper, AIM icons, and posters)
- The Community
- The ACBL
- Teach + Learn
- ACBL Membership
Jonathan Osler, who teaches math and Community Organizing at El Puente Academy for Peace and Justice, a public high school in Brooklyn, New York, started this website to encourage students to ask the question, "What are the problems that my community is facing, and how can I use math to understand and help solve them?"
Radical Math provides links to over 500 lesson plans, articles, charts, graphs, data sets, maps, books, and websites to help users bring these issues in the classroom.
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"A mathematician, like a painter or poet, is a maker of patterns. If his patterns are more permanent than theirs, it is because they are made with ideas," wrote mathematician G.H. Hardy in A Mathematician's Apology.
Mathematics and art come together on the American Mathematical Society's new webpage, Mathematical Imagery. The site includes albums of math-inspired and mathematically-generated works, which may be sent as e-postcards, links to online galleries and museums, and to other resources about mathematics and art. New works will frequently be added to the collection.