6 April, 2012
Volume 17 No. 14
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Feedback Request from MathDash

The Math Forum at NCSM/NCTM

Science of NHL Hockey


Online PD

Orientation Sessions

Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree


Feedback Request from MathDash

"Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems...." To address this theme of the 2012 Microsoft Imagine Cup, a team from Drexel University developed a game that reinforces concepts of basic arithmetic — and their MathDash game has been selected as a competition finalist in the category of game design for Windows-based smartphones.

Learn more about MathDash, download a demo version of the game for Windows phones, and vote for team Drexel Dragons here:


MathDash's student developers would like your feedback to help them polish their entry for the Imagine Cup finals later this month. Please share your comments using this survey:


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

"Overall, I thought this problem was easy. The only problem I had was trying to explain the clues so that my response was concise and eventually told them in a different order."
- Allen, highlighted in the FunPoW's Latest Solution

The Math Forum at NCSM/NCTM


Are you attending the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) or National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) conferences in Philadelphia later this month?

Math Forum staff and associates will present sessions at both conferences:

Monday, 23 April, 2:45 - 3:45 (NCSM session 156)
Developing the Mathematical Practices for Productive Student Math Talk
Tuesday, 24 April, 2:45 - 3:45 (NCSM session 240)
I Tweet, Therefore I Learn
Wednesday, 25 April, 4:00 - 5:00 (NCSM session 360)
Supporting Teachers to Implement a School-wide Focus on the Mathematical Practices

For more information on these NCSM workshop topics and details of locations and presenters, see


Thursday, 26 April, 2:00 - 3:00 (NCTM session 250)
Supporting Preservice Teachers in Practicing Instructional Explanations Using Free Technology
Friday, 27 April, 11:00 - 12:00 (NCTM session 455)
Using Technology Problems of the Week to Develop Mathematical Practices
Friday, 27 April, 12:30 - 1:30 (NCTM session 497)
Creating & Supporting an Online Professional Community for Teachers
Friday, 27 April, 2:00 - 3:00 (NCTM session 558)
Professional Development That Empowers Teachers - Lesson Study Online
Friday, 27 April, 3:30 - 4:30 (NCTM session 592)
I Tweet, Therefore I Learn
Friday, 27 April, 3:30 - 4:30 (NCTM session 610)
Using Technology to Increase Conceptual Understanding in Algebra and Geometry
Saturday, 28 April, 9:30 - 10:30 (NCTM session 665)
Free Tools: Financial Education, Math & Problem Solving

For more information on these NCTM workshop topics and details of locations and presenters, see


Come by our booth for fresh popcorn and conversations about
  • Working with Students
  • Master of Science in Mathematics Learning and Teaching (MLT)
  • Professional Development
  • Friends of the Math Forum


Now taking place: math education conversation of the hour

"I'm trying to re-find a great math talk I liked. It was a college-aged guy, modern video. In it, he said we need to be teaching kids math differently (yeah, yeah, I know). One phrase I remember is, 'If I find myself thinking about triangles, and I often do, ...'"
- Ben, posted to the math-teach discussion

Science of NHL Hockey


The National Hockey League (NHL) wraps up its regular season tomorrow. The 10-part video series "Science of NHL Hockey" explores the science behind the sport as the hunt for the Stanley Cup heats up on the ice.

Running about four to five minutes in length, each video features a university scientist explaining a selected scientific principle, while current NHL athletes describe how these principles apply to their positions on the rink.

Mathematical videos cover

  • reflexes and reaction time, with goaltender Pekka Rinne
  • vectors, with left winger Matt Moulson
  • statistics and averages, with goaltender Jaroslav Halak
  • hockey geometry, with left winger Brenden Morrow
  • kinematics, with defenseman Erik Johnson

Relevant highlight clips from professional games enliven every video, along with slow-motion, high-speed camerawork that allows for frame-by-frame illustration.

The Science of NHL Hockey is a collaboration between NBC Learn and the National Science Foundation (NSF).


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