Artifact This perplexing Valentine's Day themed pizza shape from Papa John's. In case you're wondering, I was not able to find an actual size of the pizza on their website. Only this: I was able to find this though: This begs a few more questions. Guiding Questions Does this give you more or less pizza … Continue reading How do you slice this? ; Papa John’s heart-shaped pizza
Artifact This video of some amazing stop-motion animation using post-its dubbed 'Deadline.' Guiding Questions How long did this take? What's the time-length of each frame? How many post-its were used? How many of each color? Something about coordinate transformation? Can we do this? Suggested Activities Have students use coordinate geometry and transformations to make their … Continue reading Post-it Notes animation
By the way, how cool would it be if you did have a WWE-style championship belt in your class? Something huge and gaudy, preferably. And the student who most highly succeeds on a test, presentation, etc. gets to wear it until it is "taken" by another student. I'm also envisioning entrance music.
My job affords me the opportunity to travel all over the country and observe teachers putting their best feet forward. Problem is, I’ve never been much of a traveller. I’m terrible at packing. Therefore, I could really use something like this: This is a project suggested by Readymade magazine. I don’t want to gush too … Continue reading I’m in love with a suitcase; ‘Readymade’ Suitcase Project (Part 1)
Artifact This amazing video of a rainbow-painting robot. (h/t: Science Friday.) Guiding Questions How much paint did this guy need of each color? What's the radius of the rainbow? or, What's the length of the arm that moves in a semi-circle that paints the rainbow? Which color will run out soonest? And how much sooner? … Continue reading A single robot-made rainbow ; what does it mean?
A couple weeks ago a fellow New Tech math guru and I travelled to Bowling Green, KY to observe some teacher activities. Sadly, school was iced out such that there was a round of early school closures on Day 1 and total shutdown on Day 2. We had some great collaboration and were able to … Continue reading Let’s crowd-source this ; School closure predictor
Continuing from last week, we have another potential Pythagorean's Theorem Project/Problem. This one was sent in by Steve. =================================== AUNT BITTY'S GARDENS Launch: My Aunt Bitty has a business creating "designer gardens". These are beautiful little triangular gardens that fit into a particular space--usually the corner of a yard. You tell her your space, and … Continue reading Pythagoras and Plants ; Aunt Bitty’s Gardens
Now that we've heard from Drew, I'll toss out a few picks that I think are smart mathematically. (Editors note: Don't gamble on sports. Don't do it. It's incredibly stupid. Never, ever use real money to bet on sports. This is for entertainment purposes only.) 1) $20 on 71-75 total points (1/100). We discussed this … Continue reading My $100 Super Bowl Pick Pack
(note: that does not imply that he's picking the Pack.) Based on our discussion on Friday's Super Bowl prop bet post , we thought a fun, and possibly marginally educational, activity would be to let students (and teachers!) have $100 of "money" to bet on the myriad of Super Bowl odds, with justification. Here's a … Continue reading One person’s $100 Super Bowl Pick Pack
ESPN.com columnist Bill Simmons and fellow sports gambling addict Cousin Sal had their annual Super Bowl prop bets podcast where they discussed the best gambling deals of this Sunday's Super Bowl (if gambling were legal, *ahem*). Aside: if you haven't checked out the list of potential bets for the Super Bowl, you should (how long … Continue reading The Super Bowl is 100/1 odds to be in the 71+ point range; is that a good bet?