In This Issue
STEM Tutorials from a Collaboration of NASA and Khan Academy
Daily Desmos 3.0
Healthy Eating Math Story Contest
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STEM Tutorials from a Collaboration of NASA and Khan Academy
http://www.nasa.gov/content/nasakhanacademy collaboratetobringstemopportunitiestoonlinelearners/
At the 6th annual White House Science Fair on Monday, the
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Khan
Academy announced the results of their new collaboration: a
series of science, technology, engineering and mathematics
(STEM) tutorials.
"Measuring the Universe" and "Exploring the Universe" freely
offer simulations, challenges, and games that blend NASA's
space exploration expertise with Khan Academy's approach to
online selfpaced learning. See, in particular, the section
"Measuring the solar system," which shows how to measure the
size of the earth, moon, and sun by applying geometry and
trigonometry; the videos and other instructional materials
about the Curiosity Mars rover; and, in "Orbital mechanics,"
the introduction to orbital mechanics and the work of
Johannes Kepler:
https://www.khanacademy.org/partnercontent/nasa

PoW taking place: math problemsolving moment of the week

"Harrison Z. from Highlands Elementary does a super job of
explaining why he did each step. The method he used to tackle
the second question was pretty unique, too...."

 Annie, commenting on the FunPoW's Latest Solution

http://mathforum.org/pows/solution.htm?publication=4388
Daily Desmos 3.0
http://dailydesmos.com/
The popular free plotting challenge that asks "Can you create
this graph?" has taken a new twist.
First featured in these pages upon its launch last March, the
Daily Desmos has done away with its schedule and numbering
system. Come contribute images directly, at your convenience;
just follow the links in this blog post to first notify
cocreator Dan Anderson:
http://blog.recursiveprocess.com/2014/05/27/dailydesmos30/
Desmos is a free online graphing calculator that zooms in and
out of plots, offers slider bars to explore parameters, and
switches between Cartesian and polar coordinates, among many
other features. For more about Desmos, including their staff
picks of "Creative Art," visit
http://www.desmos.com/

Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"As a middle school teacher, I've been intrigued by this
thread. I remember a discussion in one of my college math
classes. I still have the book. There is also a nice hierarchy
diagram. I recreated it for you.... I'm curious about
something, though. I started investigating because I was
trying to decide if the clarification of the HS standard should
impact my discussions with my 7th graders.... I'm sitting here
reflecting on the amount of time it took me to research and get
comfortable with this one idea. In doing so, I looked at the
geometry standards K12. It was a valuable activity, but most
of us don't have time to do this kind of analysis...."

 Virginia, posted to the secondary (grades 912) discussion
group of the Association of Math Teachers of New York State

http://mathforum.org/kb/message.jspa?messageID=9473996
Healthy Eating Math Story Contest
https://fun.shooloo.org/contest
A site where students "discover the joy of writing their own
math stories" is serving up a healthy eating math story contest
for the summer — sweetened with hundreds of dollars in prizes.
Shooloo Learning invites students and teachers in grades 312
to submit their own math questions about eating choices,
conduct research, gather data, and devise solutions. The site
editors also promise to give feedback on, among other criteria,

conceptual clarity and precision

accuracy of calculations

demonstration of a stepbystep solution
Shooloo Learning has already published thousands of original
word problems, each with "I Can" statements tagged to
associated Common Core State Standards (CCSS):
https://fun.shooloo.org/commoncoremathwordproblems
Create a free login to browse and contribute your own:
https://fun.shooloo.org/signup


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