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The Museum of Mathematics' Grand Opening
Build a NASA Satellite
Early Issues of The Monthly Now Free Online
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The Museum of Mathematics' Grand Opening
http://momath.org/
The Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) will make its grand opening
on Saturday, December 15, 2012.
Opening week festivities include a membersonly 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 "121212"
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
minutelong, educatorled, handson 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 reinventing that wheel!' Exactly."

 Fawn, posted to Max's blog

http://mathforum.org/blogs/max/technologycontextandabstraction/
Build a NASA Satellite
http://www.jwst.nasa.gov/build.html
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.
http://www.jwst.nasa.gov/scope.html

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 apstat discussion

http://mathforum.org/kb/thread.jspa?threadID=2389752
Early Issues of The Monthly Now Free Online
http://www.jstor.org/action/showPublication? journalCode=amermathmont
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 "socalled 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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