July 13, 2007
Volume 12 No. 28

In This Issue

Mentors of the MathMentor


Math Songs

  Mentors of the MathMentor


The MathMentor, a new program at the Math Forum @ Drexel and sponsored by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, is looking for mentors interested in expanding students' career aspirations while helping them develop interest in math, science and technology.

Visit the webpage noted above to find responses to these questions:

  • Is the MathMentor what you are looking for?
  • What are examples of what you can do as a mentor?
  • What type of training is provided to the mentors?
  • When does the MathMentor program take place?
  • How long are the mentors expected to participate?
  • Is there monetary compensation for participating?
  • Who are the students participating in the MathMentor?
  • How can you apply?



Danica McKellar, the author of the book for middle school girls titled Math Doesn't Suck: How to Survive Middle School Math without Losing your Mind or Breaking a Nail, has a web site where you can:

  • View her recent 20/20 segment, which features not only her acting career, but her love of math, too!
  • Read about McKellar's voice-over for the math-themed PBS cartoon Cyberchase.
  • Watch clips of the WB's cartoon series Static Shock, for which she speaks the part of character Frieda Goren.
  • Request and read math tutoring from the woman who, as a child, acted the role of Winnie Cooper in the television sitcom The Wonder Years, and who today serves as spokesperson for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Math-a-Thon and Figure This!
  • Download a PDF of "Percolation and Gibbs states multiplicity or ferromagnetic Ashkin-Teller models on Z2," the research she co-authored as an undergraduate math major at UCLA.
  • See press about her testimony before Congress and other math and education advocacy work.

Math Songs

Joyce Frost, a member of the Math Forum community, writes

"Sharing math songs with students can be a nice ice-breaker in your classes. Here are a few of my favorites that have made the rounds with math educators and are available on YouTube."

What You Know About Math

Ma and Pa Kettle Do Math

Abbott and Castello Math Problem

Finite Simple Group (of Order Two)


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