MegaMath

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Name: MegaMath

Home Page URL: http://www.c3.lanl.gov/mega-math/welcome.html

Brief Description/Summary: Mathematics is a live science with new discoveries being made every day. The frontier of mathematics is an exciting place, where mathematicians experiment and play with creative and imaginative ideas. Many of these ideas are accessible to young children. Others (infinity is a good example) are ideas that have already piqued many children's curiosity, but their profound mathematical importance is not widely known or understood. MegaMath is a project of the Computer Research and Applications Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory, and is intended to bring unusual and important mathematical ideas to elementary school classrooms so that young people and their teachers can think about them together.

Stated purpose: It is intended to bring unusual and important mathematical ideas to elementary school classrooms so that young people and their teachers can think about them together. We hope that these materials will provide opportunities for children and their teachers to experience mathematics in ways it is experienced by mathematicians and scientists. Mathematics is lively and exciting; it is a field more akin to art and poetry than many people think.

Sponsoring/Funding Institution: MegaMath is a project of the Computer Research and Applications Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory

Persons Involved: Mike Fellows, mfellows@sol.uivc.ca and Nancy Casey, casey 931@cs.uidaho.edu is a co-founder and has written the text of the MegaMath materials. Mike Hawrylycz, captors@gardener..lanl.gov, is the Los Alamos National Laboratory Coordinator for MegaMath.

Groups and levels they aim to serve: Mostly elementary school students and teachers.


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