January 20, 2006
Volume 11 No. 3

In This Issue

Fermi Off-the-Wall Math League, Year 6

XP Math: Math Careers Database

Fact Monster: 2006 Winter Olympics


Fermi Off-the-Wall Math League, Year 6
Minnesota Intermediate School District 287


The Fermi Off-the-Wall Math League is a creative, online math competition appropriate for small group-work or independent study.

A Fermi question

  • is posed with limited information given
  • demands communication
  • utilizes estimation
  • emphasizes process rather than "the" answer

In its sixth year, the Fermi Math League is open to school districts and students worldwide. Prizes include ribbons, certificates, and recognition. Students may work in teams of up to four, or solo, whether in school or home-schooled. Register each student in each team for $40, with special rates for school-based teams, into one of these divisions:

  • grades 1-2 by email (family math style)
  • grades 3-4 by email
  • grades 5-7 by email
  • grades 5-7 by web

The Winter '06 season of Fermi Math starts January 31. Use the fourth link listed on the District 287 page to view:

  • Current Problems
  • Rules & Scoring
  • Tips & Links
  • Archive of Problems
  • Sample 1-2 Problem
  • Sample 3-8 Problem
  • Scoring Rubrics
  • What's a Model?

XP Math: Math Careers Database


T. L. Hui designed this database to help his students explore a wide variety of jobs that require mathematics. His database includes descriptions for the hundreds of kinds of jobs held by most of the American work force. The job descriptions answer questions such as:

  • What do people in this job do all day?
  • What math topics will I need on the job?
  • How much does the job pay?

The Lite Version lists the most common jobs and is more appropriate for grades 5 and under.

From the "Search by Math Topics," click on a math topic to see the jobs that require it.

From the "Search by Math Jobs," click on a job, organized by industry sector, to see the math it requires.

View the rest of Mr. Hui's site:


Fact Monster: 2006 Winter Olympics


The Fact Monster site, created as part of Information Please from Pearson Education, offers a variety of interesting links for the Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy, taking place February 10 - 26.

The site includes:

  • Winter Olympics Through the Years
  • Sports Previews
  • Olympics Timeline
  • Winter Olympics Biographies
  • Quizzes
  • Crosswords

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