August 1, 2008
Volume 13 No. 31

In This Issue

Olympic and World Records: Search the Records

Homeschool Math Contests

Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy


Free Online

For teachers of students in grades 3-5:
Tools for Building Math Concepts

For teachers of students in grades 5-9:
Technology Tools for Thinking and Reasoning about Probability

For teachers of students in grades 5-9:
Using Technology and Problem Solving to Build Algebraic Reasoning

For all students:


Olympic and World Records: Search the Records

The XXIX Olympiad, which begins next Friday, August 8, promises lots of world class competition, excitement, goodwill -- and numerical data for math activities!

The International Olympic Committee's searchable database has the times, distances, weights, and other measurements of many record-setting sports performances, some of which date back over a century, to Athens 1896.

From any search results, follow the "Record history" link to trace the historic evolution of an event. To find race times from track and field events, first select "Athletics" from the "sports/disciplines" pull-down menu.

Homeschool Math Contests

Haddon Fox offers a list of dozens of math contests open to individuals and which do not require gathering up teams -- a requirement that often poses a challenge for homeschoolers. Fox, age 9, wrote in to tell us about his site, which features a free deadline reminder service and links to helpful articles, such as

  • "Think Math Contests!" by Howard and Susan Richman
  • "Pros and Cons of Math Competitions," by Richard Rusczyk
  • "Contests in Your Curriculum," by Laurie Bluedorn
  • "Contests for Homeschoolers," by Sue Richman

The site also lists many more regional meets sponsored by colleges and universities, spanning almost every state in the union.

Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy

The Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy is a one-week all-expense-paid intensive professional development program for third- through fifth-grade teachers. The Academy's program is designed to provide teachers with the knowledge and skills necessary to motivate students to pursue careers in science and mathematics.

Students can nominate their teachers online. Teachers can apply by using the link on the "Teachers and Grown-Ups" page. The deadline is October 31, 2008.

ExxonMobil: Community & Society

View information on ExxonMobil's other math and science initiatives.


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