7 February, 2014
Volume 19 No. 6
 
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Summer Camp Applications Due Soon

Science and Engineering Indicators 2014

All the News That's Fit to Math

 


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Summer Camp Applications Due Soon

High School Students

http://mathforum.org/students/high/opps.html

Middle School Students

http://mathforum.org/students/middle/opps.html

The Math Forum's annotated lists of math summer camps link to online and residential opportunities, some offering financial aid, in

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Nebraska
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Ontario
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Washington

Many of the summer camps have application deadlines already coming up.


PoW taking place: math problem-solving moment of the week

"A tip I would give to a person doing this problem is: don't over complicate it."
- Jade, highlighted in the FunPoW's Latest Solution
http://mathforum.org/pows/solution.htm?publication=4336


Science and Engineering Indicators 2014

http://nsf.gov/statistics/seind14/

Yesterday, the National Science Board of the National Science Foundation (NSF) released its biennial "Science and Engineering Indicators" (SEI). SEI 2014 provides a broad base of quantitative information on the U.S. and international science and engineering enterprise.

Chapter 1 of the free report, entitled "Elementary and Secondary Mathematics and Science Education," details

  • student learning in mathematics and science
  • student coursetaking in mathematics and science
  • teachers of mathematics and science
  • instructional technology and digital learning
  • transition to higher education

SEI 2014 comes with downloadable presentation slides, appendix tables, and other supporting resources. An accompanying digest, which draws attention to trends from across the special report, includes five charts graphing key observations about U.S. and global science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education over time:

http://nsf.gov/statistics/seind14/index.cfm/digest/stem.htm


Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"I attended your workshop in Cortland this summer and was thankful to hear a realistic perspective on the transition to Common Core. My students and parents are always asking for extra resources, since we don't have a textbook."
- Erin, posted to the secondary (grades 9-12) discussion group of the Association of Math Teachers of New York State
http://mathforum.org/kb/message.jspa?messageID=9380098


All the News That's Fit to Math

http://allthenewsthatsfittomath.blogspot.com/

An Australian math teacher recently launched a new blog in which she poses mathematical questions that arise from the news headlines of the day.

Linked to government or other authoritative data sources, her topical posts have already included

  • The decline of cancer rates in the USA
  • The royal family's spending habits
  • Are Super Bowl ads worth it?
  • Water usage in a tough climate

 

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