11 February, 2011
Volume 16 No. 6
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2011 T³ International Conference

Calculation Nation Unveils New Game

Conduct Experiments on Board the Final Space Shuttle Flight


Online PD


Orientation Sessions

Math and Tech Workshops


Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree


2011 T³ International Conference


The T³ program, sponsored by Texas Instruments, will host the annual T³ International Conference in San Antonio, February 25-27, 2011.

Come network with teachers from across the US and abroad; learn from experienced educators; participate in hands-on and demonstration sessions — and visit the Math Forum's booth!


Suzanne Alejandre and Max Ray will staff booth No. 303 in the Exhibit Hall:

  • 10:00 to 5:30, Friday, February 25, 2011
  • 9:00 to 5:00, Saturday, February 26, 2011

They are looking forward to talking with you about the Math Forum, in general, and in particular about

  • Professional Development
  • Technology Problems of the Week (tPoWs)
  • Problems of the Week (PoWs)
  • Math Tools
  • Dr. Math Books

Max is also leading conference session 106, titled "Solving Problems to Learn Math (Quadratic Relationships) with TI-Nspire™ Technology." The session is on Friday, February 25, 1:15 - 2:15 PM.

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

"Among the incorrect solutions, the biggest mistake was to make assumptions without checking them. When I first saw the problem, I assumed the shape had to be a square because it looked square and was made out of squares. But I knew that I was making an assumption. Boy was I surprised to find out...."
- Max and Suzanne, commenting on the Pre-Algebra PoW's Latest Solution

Calculation Nation Unveils New Game


Calculation Nation recently unveiled its tenth free online math game. Called neXtu, it starts with a tessellation consisting of hexagons, squares, and triangles, and challenges students to strategically place geometric pieces — or capture their opponent's.

Part of NCTM's Illuminations project, Calculation Nation uses the power of the Web to let students from anywhere in the world challenge each other. At the same time, students challenge themselves by investigating significant mathematical content and practicing fundamental skills at the elementary and middle grades levels. Each game provides parents and educators with an explanation of the math in the game and lists related resources from Illuminations.

Now taking place: math education conversation of the hour

"I know the written response to the AP Calculus AB exam will be changed this year to have TWO Calculator, and FOUR Non-Calculator questions. Are there any other significant changes to be aware of? I only ask since I heard through the grapevine that...."
- Malcolm, posted to the ap-calculus discussion

Conduct Experiments on Board the Final Space Shuttle Flight


The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE) invites school districts across the U.S. to participate in the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP).

Designed as a keystone national science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education initiative to engage and inspire America's next generation of scientists and engineers through immersion in real science, SSEP provides a unique and historic opportunity for students to propose experiments to fly aboard the final flight of STS-135, Space Shuttle Atlantis.

Apply by March 15, 2011, for an experiment slot in a real microgravity research mini-laboratory flying on Atlantis. NCESSE will then guide your district through an experiment design competition. Additional SSEP programming leverages the flight experiment design competition to engage your entire community — students, teachers, families and the public — embracing a Learning Community Model for STEM education.


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