Winter Fermi Math League
Do you like to measure, estimate, and play around with
technology? Then join the Fermi Off-the-Wall Math League!
This Internet-based math competition welcomes students in
grades 1-9 from around the world who seek enrichment, small
group work, and creative, technology-rich experiences.
A Fermi question is posed with limited information given.
How many water balloons would it take to fill
How many cockroaches will fill the trunk of a VW Beetle?
How much fabric would it take to make a camo-suit for
How many eggs would fit in the Trojan Horse's body?
Fermi questions require that students ask many more questions;
emphasize process rather than "the" answer; demand
communication and writing; and utilize estimation, rounding
numbers and guesses.
Registration opened last week for the six-week Winter '13
season, which starts Tuesday, January 29th.
PoW taking place: math problem-solving moment of the week
"Claire W., from Wallingford Elementary School, starts off with
a pretty bold statement. (Don't worry if you don't know why
it's true — we'll learn more in Michael's solution below.)
If you didn't notice this, no big deal. I didn't notice it
until I was done solving the problem."
- Annie, commenting on the FunPoW's Latest Solution
Toshiba America Foundation Grants
Passionate about making mathematics more engaging for your
students in grades 6-12? The Toshiba America Foundation is
currently accepting applications for grants of more than $5,000.
See the Toshiba America Foundation site for past recipients,
teacher resources, and more — and apply before the deadline of
Friday, February 1st!
Now taking place: math education conversation of the day
"I did heed your advice and not look at your solution at all
because Jussi (2nd reply on this thread) had already pointed
out the mistake in my observation. As soon as I saw his point,
we solved the problem and got the answer. I then read your
reply to see that we had arrived at the same solution. Thank
you for your generous help and caution. We grunt it out all the
time, but missed a key observation that would have alleviated
- s, posted to the alt.math.undergrad.independent discussion
Call for Speakers: HPM-Americas Meeting
The Americas Section of History and Pedagogy of Mathematics
(HPM) has set its annual meeting for March 1-3, 2013, at the
United States Military Academy, West Point, NY. To register
for the meeting — which includes a special visit to the
United States Military Academy's rare book
collections — download and follow the instructions on this
Microsoft Word file:
HPM seek a variety of talks on the relation between the history
and pedagogy of mathematics. Talks directly relevant to the use
of the history of mathematics in mathematics classrooms are
especially welcome, as are reports of studies relating history
Send the title and abstract of your talk proposal, along with
contact information, to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday,
February 15th, 2013.