### Volume 7, Number 39

 ```30 September 2002 Vol. 7, No. 39 THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS Taking America's Measure - NIST Fermi Off-The-Wall Math League - Year 3 | Mathematically Sane TAKING AMERICA'S MEASURE http://www.nist.gov/public_affairs/kids/metric.htm Celebrate National Metric Week, October 6-12, 2002, using some of the resources on this web site sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Resources include: - Metric Pyramid - Metric Fast Facts for Sports - Metric in the Kitchen - All You Will Need to Know About Metric - Metric Conversion Tools - Word Find - Hidden Pictures - Riddles - Word Scramble - Metric Measures - Crossword Puzzle - Tall to Small Tale - Snapshots in Time \|/ METRIC WEEK - T2T FAQ Math Forum, Teacher2Teacher Service http://mathforum.org/t2t/faq/faq.metric.html From the Math Forum's Teacher2Teacher service, answers to a frequently asked question: What are some activities I can use for Metric Week? Suggestions include techniques to use to help students, archived T2T conversations on the subject, resources from the archives of Ask Dr. Math, books for reference, and links to relevant Web sites. -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- FERMI OFF-THE-WALL MATH LEAGUE, YEAR 3 Minnesota Intermediate School District 287 http://www.int287.k12.mn.us/gifted/ Solve new open-ended problems every week, view hints, and see outstanding solutions to previous problems. A Fermi question - is posed with limited information given - demands communication - utilizes estimation - emphasizes process rather than "the" answer Year 3, Session 1 will start October 7, 2002, and will run for six weeks. To submit solutions online, register with an entry fee of \$25 per person per session. An individual, a pair or a team of four may register for this Internet-based project. Fermi League Rules and Scoring http://www.int287.k12.mn.us/gifted/fermirules.html Fermi Tips and Links http://www.int287.k12.mn.us/gifted/fermitips.html Sample Fermi problems and unique solutions http://www.int287.k12.mn.us/gifted/fermiarchive.html -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- MATHEMATICALLY SANE - NEW ARTICLES http://mathematicallysane.com Mathematically Sane, a site promoting the rational reform of mathematics education, has recently added these articles: In the Trenches: Three Teachers' Perspectives on Moving Forward An analysis by Susan Brown, Antoinette Seidelmann, and Gwendolyn Zimmermann. http://mathematicallysane.com/analysis/trenches.asp The ARC Tri-State Student Achievement Study A comparison of mathematics achievement of students using reform curricula to those using traditional curricula. http://mathematicallysane.com/evidence/arc.asp The SAT Gap An article from the New York Times outlining the continuing improvement in mathematics achievement on the SAT and other nationally-administered tests. http://mathematicallysane.com/evidence/satgap.asp Most Popular Articles A list of the most popular articles on the site. http://mathematicallysane.com/popular.asp -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- CHECK OUT OUR WEB SITE: The Math Forum http://mathforum.org/ Ask Dr. Math http://mathforum.org/dr.math/ Problems of the Week http://mathforum.org/pow/ Mathematics Library http://mathforum.org/library/ Teacher2Teacher http://mathforum.org/t2t/ Discussion Groups http://mathforum.org/discussions/ Join the Math Forum http://mathforum.org/join.forum.html Send comments to the Math Forum Internet Newsletter editors Donations http://deptapp.drexel.edu/ia/GOL/giftsonline1_MF.asp _o \o_ __| \ / |__ o _ o/ \o/ __|- __/ \__/o \o | o/ o/__/ /\ /| | \ \ / \ / \ /o\ / \ / \ / | / \ / \ ```