Frequently Asked Questions
About the ESCOT Problems
The Educational Software Components of Tomorrow (ESCOT) Problems, aligned with the middle school curriculum, but not replacing the current Middle School Problems of the Week, include interactive Java applets designed to help students visualize the mathematics involved in finding a solution. You will need to download software, which will be made available to you when you click on the applet link, in order to participate in this project.
The ESCOT Problems use java applets. In order to run these, you have to download a java plug-in. The requirements are different for different computer setups, so please go to the page to see if your system can run them.
Unlike the other PoWs, submissions will be accepted through the Wednesday following the week of the problem; e.g. answers for the October 2, 2000 problem was accepted through October 9. The posting of problems is automated and the submission form is removed at midnight Eastern Standard Time (EST).
Sample solutions will be posted on the Friday following the week of the problem; e.g. sample solutions for the October 2, 2000 problem was posted on October 13.Top
How can I revise my solution?
A mentor will write to you about your solution. You can revise your solution by going to the URL that is in the email that the mentor sends you.
What is ESCOT?
Educational Software Components of Tomorrow (ESCOT) Problems provide interactive software tools (applets) to solve or explore the problem.
Who are the ESCOT Problems intended for?
The ESCOT Problems are currently being created for Middle School students, but high school teachers have indicated that some of them are appropriate for high school students at all different levels.
Comments or questions
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