Reel Math Challenge
MATHCOUNTS, the national enrichment, club and competition
program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement, is
sponsoring a video contest.
Open to any US resident in grades six through eight, the contest
challenges students to create a video that uses a real-world
application to teach the math concept in a problem of their
choosing from the 2011-12 MATHCOUNTS School Handbook, freely
available for download here:
Four finalist teams will win an all-expense paid trip to the
2012 MATHCOUNTS National Competition, where they will present
their videos. Each member of the team that creates the winning
video will receive a $1,000 college scholarship.
At the contest's conclusion, MATHCOUNTS will make available a
free library of all the videos submitted, indexed to specific
MATHCOUNTS problems, math concepts, and standards.
The submission period opened yesterday, and ends next February.
Public voting begins 15 November, 2011.
These video math tutorials were created for students by
students from Lincoln Middle School (Santa Monica, CA). Using
a tablet PC, the screen-capturing software Camtasia Studio,
and a "kids teaching kids" model, Eric Marcos' sixth graders
have created nearly one hundred clips, most of them less than
two minutes in runtime.
Tune into their YouTube channel:
Watch Mathtrain.TV mathcasts using this free app, which was
created, coded, and designed by a 12 year-old student:
What's Your Favourite Number?
Have a favorite number? Share it — and the reasons for
Tens of thousands from around the world have already
participated in this international survey, part of a research
project about how humans relate to numbers. Alex Bellos plans
to post results in the coming year.
Until then, catch a preview of the leading contenders for the
world's favorite number, other survey trends, and verbatim
"numerical love confessions" by reading or listening to the
recent segment by National Public Radio Science Desk
correspondent Robert Krulwich:
Bellos, whose book Here's Looking at Euclid came out earlier
this year, blogs here:
To download "The way we see numbers," an excerpt from his book
Alex's Adventures in Numberland, click