In This Issue
Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge
Hard Problems
Virtual Math Lab
Free Online Opportunities
For teachers of students in grades 35: Tools for Building Math Concepts
For teachers of students in grades 59: Using Technology and Problem Solving to Build Algebraic Reasoning
For all students: tPoWs
For students in grades 910: the MathMentor


Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge
http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/scivis/index.jsp
The annual Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge encourages cuttingedge efforts to visualize scientific data.
Cosponsors Science Magazine and the National Science Foundation (NSF) select winners in each of five categories: photographs, illustrations, informational graphics, interactive media and noninteractive media. Entries for 2008 are being solicited now.
More information is available on the NSF site:
 Challenge Synopsis
 Winners: 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003
 Guidelines
 Evaluation
 Frequently Asked Questions
 Classroom Resources
Hard Problems
http://www.hardproblemsmovie.com/
Hard Problems is a feature documentary about the students who represented the United States at the 2006 International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO).
The film shows the dedication and perseverance of the six American high school students, the rigorous preparation they undertake, their individuality, and the joy they get out of solving challenging problems in competition with 500 others from 90 countries in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Above all, Hard Problems captures the spirit of math competitions at the highest level.
The 90minute production, filmed in high definition, will premiere in January, 2008.
Virtual Math Lab  West Texas A&M University
http://www.wtamu.edu/academic/anns/mps/math/mathlab
Kim Peppard, with the assistance of Jennifer Puckett, has written online tutorials covering
 College Algebra
 Intermediate Algebra
 Beginning Algebra
 GRE Math Study Session
 Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) and ACCUPLACER Math Study Session
The tutorials were created as a service to anyone who needs help in these areas of mathematics. First time users are encouraged to review the Guides for each tutorial to learn how they are set up.
Each tutorial includes:
 definitions
 formulas
 illustrations
 stepbystep examples
 an introduction with a link to a relevant comic strip
 practice problems and tests with answer keys
 resource guides
 a section called "Need Extra Help on These Topics?"


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