21 September, 2012
Volume 17 No. 38
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Elmo Does the Math Musically

Fall Fermi Math League

Toshiba America Foundation Grants


Online PD

Orientation Sessions

Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's ! Degree


Elmo Does the Math Musically


This coming Monday, 24 September, Sesame Workshop launches the 43rd season of Sesame Street with a new segment and interactive experience. Entitled "Elmo: The Musical," each of the ten 11-minute episode invites kids to sing, dance, play and imagine along with Elmo on a math-filled adventure.

"We took what everyone loves best about Elmo, his singing and dancing, and created imaginative mini-musicals that highlight a math curriculum in a really fun way," according to Carol-Lynn Paren! te, Executive Producer of Sesame Street.

"Elmo: The Musical" will be a "transmedia property" accessible to kids on multiple platforms, including mobile devices. Visit http://sesamestreet.org for new games, clips, and activities to learn math skills and play with Elmo.

Other season highlights include new "Super Grover 2.0" segments and celebrity appearances by athletes Blake Griffin and Matt Kemp; musicians Colbie Caillat and Common; Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor; and actors ranging from Don Cheadle and Amy Ryan to Maya Rudolph and Jon Hamm.

Over the decades, Sesame Street has aired more than 500 segments about numbers and counting. Browse or search the digital collection for short videos of Cookie Monster, Bert, Ernie, Big Bird, Elmo, Count Von Count, and other beloved furry friends:


For your local PBS affiliate's broadcast times of Sesame Street, the most widely viewed children's series in the world, visit


PoW taking place: math problem-solving moment of the week
"For this problem, I used reasoning and an understanding of functions rather that computation to solve this problem."
- Nicholas, highlighted in the Algebra PoW's Latest Solution

Fall Fermi Math League


Do you like to measure, estimate, and play around with technology? Then join the Fermi Off-the-Wall Math League!

This Internet-based math competition welcomes students in grades 1-9 from around the world who seek enrichment, small group work, and creative, technology-rich experiences.

A Fermi question is posed with limited information given. For example,

  • How many water balloons would it take to fill grandma's bathtub?
  • How many cockroaches will fill the trunk of a VW Beetle?
  • How much fabric would it take to make a camo-suit for Moby Dick?
  • How many eggs would fit in the Trojan Horse's body?

Fermi questions require that students ask many more! questions; emphasize process rather than "the" answer; demand communication and writing; and utilize estimation, rounding numbers and guesses.

The six-week Fall '12 season of Fermi Math starts Tuesday, 25 September.

PoW taking place: math problem-solving moment of the week
"...congratulations to the first submitter in the new Trig & Calculus Problems of the Week, Alex N. from West Mercer Elementary School,...."
- Max Ray, commenting on the
Trig & Calculus Problem of the Week: Goose Bay Mountain

Toshiba America Foundation Grants!


Passionate about making mathematics more engaging for your students in grades K-5? The Toshiba America Foundation is currently accepting applications for grants of up to $1,000.

See the Toshiba America Foundation site for past recipients, teacher resources, and more -- and apply before the deadline of Monday, 1 October!


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