26 November, 2010
Volume 15 No. 48
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Museum of Math

Speak Up



Online PD


Orientation Sessions

Math and Tech Workshops

Praxis II prep:
Moving to Math


Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree


Museum of Math


Now under construction, North America's only museum devoted to math will house a space for children and adults to become excited about math. Through hands-on, interactive exhibits that stimulate inquiry, spark curiosity, and reveal the wonders of math, the Museum of Math (MoMath) strives to enhance public understanding and perception of math as an evolving, creative, and aesthetic human endeavor.

As it enters the home stretch of its Founding Capital Campaign, MoMath invites holiday shoppers to help open its doors through purchases of this colorful mathematical manipulative directly from the momath.org website:


Become a Founder of the Museum of Mathematics by donating before year's end at the Perfect Number level or higher. All contributions received before MoMath achieves its campaign goal get matched at a rate of $1.75 per dollar donated:


The Museum of Mathematics is a non-profit, tax-exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax-deductible as allowable by law.

Thanks to the Association of Mathematics Teachers of New York State (AMTNYS) for letting us know about MoMath.

PoW taking place: math problem-solving moment of the week

"Both Abishek from Naubuc Elementary School and the Mighty Math team calculated their answer two different ways...."
- Max and Suzanne, prefacing the students they highlighted in the Pre-Algebra PoW's Latest Solution

Speak Up


Closing soon, Speak Up's 2010 survey gives individuals the opportunity to share their viewpoints about key educational issues — and to influence local, state and federal policies and programs.

Through the years, millions of students, educators, and parents have shared their views through this national online research project, originally called NetDay, and facilitated by Project Tomorrow®.

Now taking place: math education conversation of the hour

"Please report your progress to the list. This is hard and will test your algebra."
- Ben, posted to the discretemath discussion



The animated sitcom The Simpsons "contains over a hundred instances of mathematics, many designed to expose and poke fun at innumeracy," which make it "an ideal source of fun ways to introduce important concepts to students, and to reduce math anxiety and motivate students." Drawing on episodes from the TV show, Professors Sarah J. Greenwald, of Appalachian State University (Boone, NC), and Andrew Nestler, of Santa Monica College (Santa Monica, CA), have made activity sheets and discussion prompts about

  • the Pythagorean Theorem, two- and three-dimensional geometry, and other topics in geometry and topology
  • pi, Fermat's Last Theorem, and other topics in arithmetic and number theory
  • freefall, derivatives, and more calculus
  • the probability of lotteries

Greenwald and Nestler also provide a "Guide to Mathematics and Mathematicians on The Simpsons" and a transcript of their 15-minute presentation, "r dr r: Engaging Students with Significant Mathematical Content from The Simpsons."


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