18 May, 2012
Volume 17 No. 20
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What Ignites the Math Forum?

Math Girls Comic Kickstarter

Winners of the 2012 USA Mathematical Olympiad


Online PD

Orientation Sessions

Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree


What Ignites the Math Forum?


Ever wondered what the Math Forum is all about? What makes us passionate? What IGNITES us?

Now you can find out: three of us spoke at Key Curriculum's Ignite event at the annual meeting of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics:

  • Max Ray: Fun with Trig Identities
  • Steve Weimar: What Do We 'No'?
  • Annie Fetter: The Teacher I Would Have Been

Each speaker had 5 minutes to "talk about whatever lights them up," using 20 slides that auto-advanced every 15 seconds ... whether they were ready or not.

Watch our Philadelphia videos — often funny, sometimes poignant, definitely breathless!

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

"You might be confused, and use guess and check. But that was okay for me. You just have to realize that the strategy is to multiply the difference of the ages by 2 and you'll get the double/half age thing."
- Sarah, highlighted in the FunPoW's Latest Solution

Math Girls Comic Kickstarter


The English language publishers of a popular Japanese young adult novel about math, first featured here in October, have announced their next translation project: the Math Girls comics.

Bento Books already plans a digital version, via the Math Girls iPad app. But the prospect of producing a print version that does justice to the original comics' color pages has inspired the small publishing company to launch a Kickstarter campaign.

Pledge as little as $1; pledge more generously to receive perks such as t-shirts, hard cover copies of the Math Girls novel, and comic books autographed by novelist author Hiroshi Yuki and comic artist Mika Hisaka.

To hear more about this crowdsourced funding effort, see where the money will go, and back the project, visit


Now taking place: math education conversation of the hour

"Assuming you have correct answers to A through C, you may be able to use the pigeonhole principle. Thanks and will try to look at this later; it's a great problem!"
- Ben, posted to the discretemath discussion group

Winners of the 2012 USA Mathematical Olympiad


Last week, the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) announced the 2012 winners of the United States of America Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO).

These 12 outstanding high school math students will attend an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., then travel to Lincoln, Nebraska, to participate in the Mathematical Olympiad Summer Program (MOSP). After in-depth training in mathematical problem solving there, they will vie to represent the U.S. at the 2012 International Mathematical Olympiad, held in Mar del Plata, Argentina, July 4-16.

The MAA American Mathematics Competitions website offers

  • the six-question exam tackled by this year's winners
  • a reading list to prepare your students to participate in future olympiads
  • information about the Edyth May Sliffe Awards for Distinguished High School Mathematics Teaching
  • details about all of the MAA's competitions, including the USA Junior Mathematical Olympiad (USAJMO), which bridges the computational focus of the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME) and the proof orientation of the USAMO



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