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Jerry P. Becker

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Posted: Feb 5, 2000 2:34 PM
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From FOCUS (newsletter of the MAA), February, 2000, Volume 20, Number 2, p. 7.

Figure This!

Early in December, a new national mathematics campaign called "Figure
This!" was announced. The campaign, which is sponsored by the Department of
Education and the National Science Foundation, is intended to engage
middle-school students and their parents by posing mathematical challenges
for them to solve together. The goal is to prevent students from moving
away from mathematics in the eighth grade, a choice that closes off many
significant career options. Fifteen challenges start off the campaign, and
another 80 challenges will be developed and distributed over the next two

See the web page at for more information and
the current challenge problems.


Jerry P. Becker
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, IL 62901-4610 USA
Fax: (618) 453-4244
Phone: (618) 453-4241 (office)
(618) 457-8903 (home)


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