26 September, 2014
Volume 19 No. 39
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Integer Milestones

Future Goals


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

"The scalene was the hardest for me, but I still figured it out! I knew that in a scalene triangle, it wouldn't be the same lengths on any side...."
- Anthony, highlighted in the Pre-Algebra PoW's Latest Solution

Integer Milestones


The On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences (OEIS) is closing in on a trio of milestones: 50 years, 250,000 sequences, and the 75th birthday of Neil J. A. Sloane, who started the database in 1964 during his graduate studies.

The Center for Discrete Mathematics & Theoretical Computer Science (DIMACS) of Rutgers University will celebrate by hosting a conference next month to discuss the challenges and research advances in the computational sciences that can be attributed to the OEIS:


To discuss sequences, propose a new one, update an existing entry, or see a list of citations to hundreds of the research articles and books that have referenced the OEIS — first featured in these pages seventeen years ago — check out the accompanying wiki:


Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"I was wondering if anyone here has any experience or knowledge of attempts to extend the Koch Curve into three dimensions. The result should relate to the Koch in roughly the way that the Menger Sponge can be considered a 3D extension of the Sierpinski Carpet, or the way that the Sierpinski Pyramid can be considered a 3D extension of the Sierpinki triangle. I've had a go at this and found one solution. I guess I have two main questions...."
- Eric, posted to the geometry.research discussion group

Future Goals


The puck drops to start the regular season of the National Hockey League (NHL) in a couple Wednesdays — with the League shooting for new goals, in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

To energize student interest in STEM topics, the NHL, the National Hockey League Players Association (NHLPA), and education technology company EverFi have launched free interactive education opportunities for each of the 30 NHL team markets in the United States and Canada, plus hundreds more communities. Called Future Goals™, the program leverages the game of hockey as a learning vehicle to understand STEM in the real world, to introduce students to STEM career opportunities — and to do so in a safe and responsible way.

In the Future Goals online course Ignition, students learn the nuts and bolts of how technology works in virtual environments where they address issues of digital citizenship. The Ignition curriculum aligns with the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS), and fulfills the objectives of the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA).

Register here by picking your favorite NHL team:


For the French language version of Future Goals, visit



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