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10 October 2017

Exploding Dots

Exploding Dots is an online activity for Global Math Week which runs 10–13 October. Join a million others(!) all over the world to learn more about the beauty, wonder and power of dots which explode according to certain rules – which can lead to a very easy way to understand binary (base 2) counting right up or generating the function for Fibonacci numbers. The site promises full technology, low technology, and no technology versions, as well as teacher guides. Activities are generally suited for ages 10 and above.

Register for free at https://www.explodingdots.org.

5th International STEM in Education Conference

5th International STEM in Education Conference will be held at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane from 21–23 November 2018 and is currently open for offers to present.

For more information, go to https://stem-in-ed2018.com.au.

International Mathematical Modelling Challenge

The International Mathematical Modeling Challenge (IM2C) is a team-based mathematical competition for Australian secondary students.

Interested teachers can register to receive more information about the 2018 challenge. Go to www.immchallenge.org.au.

[featured resource] Count like an Egyptian: A hands-on introduction to ancient mathematics

David Reimer

The mathematics of ancient Egypt was fundamentally different from the mathematics of today, which makes solving ancient Egyptian problems quite an adventure. Rich historical details and amusing anecdotes form the backdrop to mathematical problems drawn from different eras. Find out about hieroglyphs, pyramid-building, agriculture, religion and bread baking while calculating areas in cubits, drawing the ‘perfect’ Egyptian woman, computing basic operations using Babylon notation, and working in different bases. There are practice problems­—and solutions!

#ECA017 $67.50 * AAMT members $54.00 *

www.aamt.edu.au/Webshop/Entire-catalogue/Count-like-an-Egyptian-A-hands-on-introduction-to-ancient-mathematics

Other news

The articles below were posted to AAMT's Facebook and LinkedIn pages and Twitter feed, and link to various sites:

7 Ways to Get More Girls and Women into STEM (and Encourage Them to Stay)

You’re all ‘math people,’ but you just didn’t know it

TEACHER VOICE: How Australia built a better career path for teachers

The Teacher Dichotomy

Mathematical reasoning and the human mind [excerpt]

Beating the odds: the mathematics of gambling

A Simple Tool for Fostering Growth Mindset

'Why we need more open questions in maths exams'

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