id: 05986354
dt: j
an: 2012a.00890
au: Noblitt, Bethany A.; Buckley, Brooke E.
ti: The amazing mathematical race.
so: Math. Teach. (Reston) 105, No. 2, 134-139 (2011).
py: 2011
pu: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), Reston, VA
la: EN
cc: U44 U54 B64 B65
ut: student competitions; student activities; extracurricular activities;
teaching methods; college mathematics; statistics; clubs; student
motivation; learning activities; student attitudes; attitude change;
competition; mathematical concepts
ci:
li: http://www.nctm.org/publications/article.aspx?id=30665
ab: Summary: Teams, pit stops, clues, time limits, fast forwards, challenges,
and prizes are all components of the CBS hit show “The Amazing
Race.” They were also elements of the Amazing Mathematical Race
sponsored by the Math and Stats Club at Northern Kentucky University in
April 2009. Held in recognition of Math Awareness Month, which is
advocated by the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics, the race was the
culminating event of the month for the university’s Math and Stats
Club (of which the authors are co-sponsors). Teams of two people each
competed in a series of ten mathematics-related challenges set up
throughout the university campus. The goals of this event were twofold:
to hold an activity that featured mathematics in a fun and exciting
environment and to highlight this fun environment for people who are
typically wary of mathematics. Through this discussion of various
components of the race and how they met these goals, the authors hope
to spark teachers’ interest in planning and implementing their own
Amazing Mathematical Race. (Contains 4 figures and 3 online resources.)
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