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 ```---------- From: Debra Stoleroff <[log in to unmask]> To: [log in to unmask] Subject: [ra-equity] Online Math Challenge Date: Mon, Apr 10, 2000, 1:03 PM >o-------------------------------------------------------------o >Sent by Joy Wallace <[log in to unmask]> to ra-equity >o-------------------------------------------------------------o > >ONLINE MATH CHALLENGE FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS > >Do bigger hands have larger angles between the fingers? Have your students >use math to figure it out. > >The *Figure This! Math Challenge for Families* is a series of real-world >questions aimed at middle school students, who will need to use math to find >the solutions. The program is designed to introduce students earlier to >higher-level math operations involving angles, volumes, number patterns, and >finding the surface areas of irregular shapes. > >The questions are presented within the context of everyday subjects that >interest students, so they will be motivated to find the answer, and at the >same time become aware of how useful math is to them outside the classroom >(an example--Mark McGuire's 70th home run ball sold for \$3 million in 1999. >If Babe Ruth's 60th home run ball was worth \$3,000 in 1927, and doubles its >value every 7 years, which would be worth more today?). > >The first 15 challenges are available online now at >http://www.figurethis.org . A total of 80 challenges will be posted over the >next two years. > >*Figure This* is a joint project of the National Council of Teachers of >Mathematics, the National Action Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the >National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, the Widmeyer-Baker >Group, and the Learning First Alliance (of which ASCD is a member), with >support from the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of >Education. > > >o-------------------------------------------------------------o > >ra-equity provides a forum for sharing resources and >strategies which foster greater equity in the nation's >schools. The listserv is supported by the National Institute >for Community Innovations (NICI) and is offered in >collaboration with the Eisenhower Regional Alliance. > >ra-equity is moderated by Joy Wallace who can be >reached at [log in to unmask] > >NICI is pleased to support this online forum because of >the fundamental importance of sharing resources and >approaches that address educational inequities. > >ra-equity archives can be read at this URL: >http://nici-mc2.org/mailing/ra-equity/mail/maillist.html > >To unsubscribe from ra-equity, send a message addressed >to [log in to unmask] stating in the message body: > >unsubscribe ra-equity your-email-address (e.g. unsubscribe >ra-equity [log in to unmask]) > >o--------------------------------------------------------------o > ```