28 January, 2011
Volume 16 No. 4
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IAS/PCMI Applications Due for Summer 2011

Google Science Fair

NCTM Illuminations: Mathematics and Football


Online PD


Orientation Sessions

Math and Tech Workshops


Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree


IAS/PCMI Applications Due for Summer 2011


Reminder: apply by Monday, January 31st, to attend the 2011 Summer Session of IAS/PCMI, the Park City Mathematics Institute (PCMI) of the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS), a three-week residential program taking place in Park City, Utah, from July 3 - July 23, 2011.

This year, PCMI's education topic is Making Mathematical Connections. To learn more about the Secondary School Teachers Program (SSTP), visit


The Math Forum hosts information on PCMI's K-12 programs here, including SSTP working sites dating back to 2001:


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

"I belive that the second question is a more interesting extension of the main question. This is my belief because it begins to derive a formula that you can use on any polygon — not just pentagons — and it makes you think more...."
- Doug, highlighted in Geometry PoW's Latest Solution

Google Science Fair


Google recently launched the "first global online science competition," open to students aged 13 to 18 from around the world. The category list for "interesting, creative projects" begins with computer science and math.

Finalists get to present their projects before a panel of scientists that includes Nobel Laureates and tech visionaries. Prizes range from cash scholarships to a 10-day trip to the Galapagos Islands with National Geographic Expeditions; from Android phones to three days visiting the labs of CERN, home of the Large Hadron Collider, in Geneva, Switzerland; and from a year-long virtual internship with LEGO MINDSTORMS conducting research and development to Chrome notebook computers.

Now taking place: math education conversation of the hour

"This discussion has been very interesting to me. It is a topic that has been debated in my district for many years, and my opinions about it have changed a number of times...."
- Ginny, posted to the secondary discussion group of the Association of Math Teachers of New York State

NCTM Illuminations: Mathematics and Football


Turn next Sunday's Super Bowl into an opportunity to connect mathematics and football with this unit of three activities, for students in grades 3-8.

Like all Illuminations resources of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Mathematics and Football includes downloadable activity sheets, learning objectives, extensions, and alignments to NCTM Standards and Expectations.


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