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15 December 1997 Vol. 2, No. 50 THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS 12 Days of Christmas | GirlTECH | Exploring Data - Queensland THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS - JUDY BROWN http://dimacs.rutgers.edu/~judyann/LP/lessons/12.days.html A math warmup activity for the 12 days preceding Christmas. This lesson gives the cost of: - a partridge in a pear tree - a pair of turtle doves - one French hen - one calling bird - a simple gold ring - one goose a-laying - one swimming swan - a milkmaid hired for 1 hour - one Lady dancing - one Lord a-leapin' - one Piper piping - one Drummer drumming and students are asked to calculate the total cost of the items in the song, "The Twelve Days of Christmas." -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- CRPC GIRLTECH http://nhse.cs.rice.edu/CRPC/Women/GirlTECH/ The goal of the Center for Research on Parallel Computation (CRPC), an NSF-funded Science and Technology Center, is to encourage young women to pursue careers in math and science. GirlTECH is a teacher training and student council program from the Center; during the GirlTECH training period at The Rice School in Houston, Texas, participating teachers from the Houston area receive intensive technology training and explore innovative teaching strategies that address gender equity in the classroom. GirlTECH LESSON PLANS were designed by participating teachers to take full advantage of Internet resources and to teach standard concepts in mathematics and sciences in new and exciting ways. The site includes lessons written during the summers from 1995 to 1997: http://www.crpc.rice.edu/CRPC/Women/GirlTECH/Lessons/ Although the numbers of women in most areas of science and mathematics are increasing, the number of women choosing computer science as a career is actually decreasing. Cynthia Lanius offers a page of tips for "Getting Girls Interested in Computers," with links to sites on gender equity in technology: http://math.rice.edu/~lanius/club/girls.html GirlTECH's TRAINING MATERIALS cover: - professional development - computers, the Internet, and the WWW - tips on Web page design - guides to installating programs on the PC http://www.crpc.rice.edu/CRPC/Women/GirlTECH/Materials/ [This item generated an interesting discussion about interpreting the NSF data.] -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- EXPLORING DATA - EDUCATION QUEENSLAND http://curriculum.qed.qld.gov.au/kla/eda/ A site with activities, worksheets, overhead transparency masters, datasets, and assessment to support the exploration of data. An extensive collection of articles and a page of resources for introductory statistics are provided, including texts, websites, datasets, java applets, and mailing lists. Topics include: - patterns, stemplots, dotplots, histograms - measures of spread - boxplots, normal plots, scatterplots - assessment - linear regression - normal distribution - probability - sampling, confidence intervals - hypothesis testing, curve fitting Datasets are available in tab-delimited and spreadsheet formats. More sites for finding statistics lesson plans and data sets on the Web at the K-4, 5-8, and 9-12 levels can be found via the Math Forum's USI workshop pages. Follow the links to Lessons and Websites: http://mathforum.org/workshops/usi/dataproject/ -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- CHECK OUT OUR WEB SITE: The Math Forum http://mathforum.org/ Ask Dr. Math http://mathforum.org/dr.math/ Problem of the Week http://mathforum.org/geopow/ Internet Resources http://mathforum.org/~steve/ Join the Math Forum http://mathforum.org/join.forum.html Send comments to the Math Forum Internet Newsletter editors _o \o_ __| \ / |__ o _ o/ \o/ __|- __/ \__/o \o | o/ o/__/ /\ /| | \ \ / \ / \ /o\ / \ / \ / | / \ / \ |

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