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20 November 2017

Mathematics of Planet Earth

The winners of the second Mathematics of Planet Earth (MPE) competition have been announced. An international jury evaluated 28 submissions from 16 countries and awarded three winners:

  1. Simulating the melting of ice caps (software by M. Nodet and J. Erhel)
  2. Powergrid dynamics simulation (software by F. Hellmann and P. Schultz)
  3. EUHFORIA: modeling the dangers of the sun (film by C. Verbeke)

All the winning modules can be downloaded under an open license from http://imaginary.org/mpe. More details are available at www.mathofplanetearth.org.

Simon Marais Mathematics Competition

The Simon Marais Mathematics Competition, the first ever maths competition for universities across the Asia-Pacific, attracted 459 entries from 33 universities across seven countries. The competition encourages creative problem-solving among undergraduate students and aims to identify talented mathematicians and scientists, and promote inter-university interactions.

A total of thirteen Australian students from the University of Melbourne, Monash, the University of Sydney, the University of Western Australia and the University of Wollongong featured in the prizes for the top 10 individuals and pairs. For more information, go to www.simonmarais.org.

International Mathematical Modelling Challenge

The International Mathematical Modelling Challenge (IM²C) is a team-based mathematical competition for Australian secondary students. Operating in teams of up to four students, participants must work collaboratively to solve a problem (set globally) by devising and applying an original mathematical model. Registration opens 31 January 2018. For more information, go to www.immchallenge.org.au.

15th International Conference of The Mathematics Education for the Future Project

15th International Conference of The Mathematics Education for the Future Project: Theory and Practice: An Interface or A Great Divide? will be held from 4–9 August 2019 at Maynooth University, Ireland.

The preliminary announcement and call for papers can be downloaded from http://directorymathsed.net/public/Ireland.

[featured resource] Math Jokes for Mathy Folks

G. Patrick Vennebush

If you appreciate clever or silly maths jokes (and who doesn’t?) then this is the book for you. There are riddles (What did 0 say to 8? Nice belt!), conversions (10–6 phones = 1 microphone), one liners (Do you know that 69.846743% of all statistics reflect an unjustified level of precision?), definitions (coincide: what you should do when it rains) as well as puns, visual gags, stories and more. A great student prize or gift for the maths teacher who has everything!

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www.aamt.edu.au/Webshop/Entire-catalogue/Math-Jokes

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How to Build Self-Assessment Into Jampacked High School Classes

Boosting Number of Girls in Math Class Can Improve Test Results

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Emotional intelligence: why it matters and how to teach it

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Why we banned maths worksheets

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