11 April, 2014
Volume 19 No. 15
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Grants, Scholarships, and Awards

The World's Favourite Number



Online PD

Orientation Sessions

Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree


Grants, Scholarships, and Awards


Apply now for these grants, scholarships, and awards from the Mathematics Education Trust (MET):

  • PreK-8 Preservice Teacher Action Research Grants
  • Professional Development Scholarship Emphasizing the History of Mathematics
  • Program of Mathematics Study & Active Professionalism Grants
  • Prospective Middle School Mathematics Teacher Course Work Scholarships
  • Prospective 7-12 Secondary Teacher Course Work Scholarships
  • School In-Service Training Grants

Established 38 years ago by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), MET channels the generosity of contributors through the creation and funding of grants, awards, honors, and other projects that support the improvement of mathematics teaching and learning.

The deadline to apply for the opportunities listed above is Friday, 2 May.

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

"In addition to complete solutions, I also want to share lots of quotes from your work, because there were so many different ways to see the patterns and talk about what you saw. The question about Mom's pattern, I thought of one way ... but you all thought of SO MANY patterns and shortcuts, from a neat trick, to place value, to the mean, to actually thinking about how the dimes look on the table ... and more!"
- Max, commenting on the Pre-Algebra PoW's Latest Solution

The World's Favourite Number


On Tuesday, Alex Bellos released the results of his quest to find the world's favorite number using an online poll first featured in these pages two and a half years ago.

Since then, more than 44,000 respondents explained their feelings about numbers they nominated, with

  • numbers between 1 and 10 accounting for almost half of the submissions
  • each number between 1 and 100 chosen
  • 472 numbers between 1 and 1000 chosen

"Fascinated by the emotional responses many of us have to numbers," Bellos created a brief video about the favorite number's success. Watch it, read some of the most engaging replies, discover the lowest whole number that received no favorite nominations, and download a spreadsheet of frequency data from his home page:


Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"I had to leave early this morning, but I woke up my daughter and we discussed it before I left — and boy, were we impressed with your explanations. Once I read both, I realized where my bias had failed me."
- s, posted to the alt.math.undergrad discussion



The Dartmouth College Math Department and the Neukom Institute for Computational Sciences invite teens to create videos that "show the world of equations that we live in."

Open to any legal resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia registered as a student of a high school or equivalent home school program, Math-O-Vision will award at least $7,000 in prize money.

This year's judges include two Dartmouth College math professors plus

  • six-time Emmy award and Golden Globe Award winning actor and director Alan Alda
  • Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky, That Subliminal Kid, the Professor of Music Mediated Art and hip-hop musician behind the iOS app DJ Mixer
  • Joint Policy Board for Mathematics (JPBM) Communications Award winner Steven Strogatz
  • Eric Kaplan, writer for The Big Bang Theory

Last year's First Prize winning video explores the ways math is integrated into everyday life — from swishing a three-pointer, to recognizing the Fibonacci sequence in nature, to working a combination lock, to twirling a pen:


Submit original stories inspired by math, not more than four minutes in length, before the deadline of Friday, 2 May.


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