World Space Week
3, 2, 1 ... blast off for World Space Week!
This year's global celebration marks the 15th anniversary of
the United Nations' 1999 declaration that the week of 4-10
October "increase awareness of the benefits of the peaceful
uses of space science and technology for
With the theme "Space: Guiding Your Way," World Space Week 2014
focuses on satellite navigation systems such as Global
Positioning System (GPS). In the U.S., World Space Week (WSW)
events range from geocaching, Halloween science shows, and a
family night of paper rockets, to astronomy nights, screenings
of "MAKERS: Women in Space," and Skype sessions with
astronauts. Check the calendar for more than a thousand other
happenings near, far, and online — or to add your own:
A collection of free resources for educators includes the WSW
Teacher Activity Guide, which offers the lessons
Eggnaut ... or ... Houston, We May Have an Omelet!
Zero-G Game of Sport
Astronomy and Soccer
Estimating Cloud Cover
PoW taking place: math problem-solving moment of the week
"I was fortunate to have the opportunity to do this problem in
a 5th grade classroom. What I remember most is the many varied
pictures they drew! With that in mind, I wanted to share some
of the pictures that you all submitted.... I'm guessing that
these look pretty familiar, since many of you describe drawing
similar ideas. Clarkson's picture contains four different
circles, as if he were trying things out before combining all
the ideas into the last circle...."
- Annie, commenting on the FunPoW's Latest Solution
Fermi Fun this Fall
Do your math students enjoy playing around with big ideas and
doing projects together? Then enroll them in the Fermi
Off-the-Wall Math League!
Now in its sixteenth year, this Internet-based math
competition welcomes students in grades 1-9 from around the
world who seek enrichment, small group work, and creative,
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?
The six-week Fall '14 season of Fermi Math starts Tuesday,
Now taking place: math education conversation of the day
"Do any stats Ts (@approx_normal @gwaddellnvhs @druinok) have
good problems/lessons/projects on regression to the mean/the
- Max, tweeted to his followers
The Speak Up annual survey gives individuals the opportunity to
share their viewpoints about key educational issues — and to
influence local, state, and federal policies and programs.
Speak Up began in 2003 under the name NetDay, then merged with
Project Tomorrow. Last year, over 400,000 students, parents,
educators, and librarians from more than 9,000 schools
nationwide participated in this national online research
project. This year's survey, which opens Monday, asks about
learning with mobile devices, blended learning, gaming, coding,
data privacy, and more.
Participants may request data from previous years here:
Project Tomorrow's recent reports have included "Trends in
Digital Learning: Students' Views on Innovative Classroom
Models" and "Speak Up 2013 National Research Project Findings:
A second year review of flipped learning"; and the
Congressional briefing "The New Digital Learning Playbook,
Advancing College and Career Ready Skill Development in K-12
Download sample survey questions, flyers, and other promotional
materials — also available in Spanish — to help spread