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Volume 7, Number 44

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4 November 2002                                  Vol. 7, No. 44

                  THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS

            GAMES | The Awari Oracle | Mancala Snails
         America Rocketry Challenge | IDEAS - Wisconsin


            THE UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA GAMES GROUP

              http://www.cs.ualberta.ca/~games/

  GAMES is the University of Alberta's research group for
  Game-playing, Analytical methods, Minimax search and
  Empirical Studies. It produces high-performance, real-time
  programs for strategic game-playing. They employ a variety of
  techniques from many areas of computer science, including
  artificial intelligence, parallel processing, and algorithm
  analysis. Their primary goals are improvements in empirical
  performance, and applications to broader domains.

  Available games online include:

    - Amazons                       - Awari
    - Checkers                      - Chess
    - Domineering                   - Go           
    - Hex                           - Lines of Action  
    - Othello                       - Poker
    - RoShamBo                      - Shogi             
    - Sokoban                       - Xiang Qi         
    - Post's Correspondence Problem

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                       THE AWARI ORACLE

                    http://awari.cs.vu.nl/

  Dutch computer scientists from Amsterdam's Vrije
  Universiteit developed a program that computes the best move
  and eventual outcome for all 889,063,398,406 positions that
  can possibly occur in a game. With their applet, play a game
  against a potentially infallible opponent, and look up the
  eventual score of every position that can be reached in a
  game.
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                       MANCALA SNAILS

         http://www.rocketsnail.com/mancala/game.htm

  Rocketsnail Games offers a similar game with a twist: the
  pebbles are in the shape of a snail.

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                   AMERICA ROCKETRY CHALLENGE

                  http://www.RocketContest.org

  In honor of the 2003 Centennial of Flight, Aerospace
  Industries Association (AIA) and the National Association
  of Rocketry (NAR) are sponsoring the first national model
  rocket competition for U.S. high school students. The
  challenge is to design, build, and fly a model rocket
  carrying two raw eggs to exactly 1500 feet.

  A grand prize pool of $59,000 in cash and savings bonds will
  be shared by the top five teams. In addition, the top ten
  teams will compete for three $2500 grants to design, build
  and launch an advanced rocket with the NASA Marshall Space
  Flight Center. Each of the top 25 teams will be invited to
  send one of their teachers to an advanced NASA rocketry
  workshop.

  The deadline to enter the contest is November 15, 2002.
 
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   INTERACTIVE DIALOGUE WITH EDUCATORS FROM ACROSS THE STATE

              http://www.ideas.wisconsin.edu/

  As a portal site, IDEAS provides educators a starting point
  in their search for educational materials. Although the
  resources have been aligned to the Wisconsin State Academic
  Standards, teachers in other states might find their
  organized list useful.
                                           
  Search lesson plans and other curricular resources by
    - Subject
    - Grade Level
    - Wisconsin Standard
    - Keyword

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