6 July, 2012
Volume 17 No. 27
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In This Issue

The Museum of Mathematics' Grand Opening

Build a NASA Satellite

Early Issues of The Monthly Now Free Online


Online PD

Orientation Sessions

Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree


The Museum of Mathematics' Grand Opening


The Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) will make its grand opening on Saturday, December 15, 2012.

Opening week festivities include a members-only sneak preview of the new facility in New York City on December 14; the first annual MoMath Puzzle Hunt on December 16; and an Opening Ceremony that Wednesday night. Tickets for the "12-12-12" opener remain available, with prices increasing in August.

MoMath has also begun accepting early reservations for field trips, which begin on Monday, December 17, 2012. Title I school groups may apply for discounts to the programs comprised of 45 minute-long, educator-led, hands-on sessions in the MoMath classroom plus two or more hours of free exploration on the exhibit floor.

Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"Last year was a big year for me to really start tagging and categorizing online resources. As you said, '... if [this challenge] had been [taken up in any really useful way], fewer teachers would spend time re-inventing that wheel!' Exactly."
- Fawn, posted to Max's blog

Build a NASA Satellite


Ever want to design a satellite for peering into a black hole? Now you can, thanks to a free new online game from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) called "Build It Yourself: Satellite!"

Choose your satellite's wavelengths, instruments, and optics after deciding what science it will study:

  • black holes
  • early universe
  • exoplanets
  • galaxies
  • star formation

After your "launch," learn what real NASA mission has data similar to what your virtual satellite might produce.

This learning tool for students and adults, which requires Flash, joins another game released earlier by NASA. "Scope It Out," about telescopes, comes with an eighth grade math lesson by a Maryland Teacher of the Year.


Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"Yes, it's shameful that I'm using books that are so old. However, my students have been doing well, so it's been hard to make a case that I need $7000 worth of new textbooks and materials. I do supplement with lots of current event data, so I can keep my examples topical and timely."
- Ruth, posted to the ap-stat discussion

Early Issues of The Monthly Now Free Online


JSTOR and the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) recently released early issues of The American Mathematical Monthly to the public.

Founded by a school teacher in Missouri, The Monthly remains one of the oldest and most prominent mathematics journals still in publication. Freely access back issues that date to The Monthly's debut, in 1894, up through 1922, each of which contains scholarly articles, problems, puzzles, and solutions.

The inaugural January, 1894 issue includes an article entitled "Application of the New Education to the Differential and Integral Calculus." Writing 118 years ago, the author -- a professor of mathematics at Dickinson College (PA) -- discusses "a method of teaching mathematics in preparation for science teaching." In this "so-called new education.... [t]he student in each new advance is to begin with the concrete object, something which he can see and handle and perhaps make, and go on to abstractions only for the sake of realized advantages...."


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