Let’s Celebrate Math Awareness Month this April

Yes, I know – it’s half way through Math Awareness Month already. I had some technical issues with the website which prevented me from adding any new posts and it took me ages to fix because I didn’t know what I was doing. The good news is that I now know how to migrate a blog to a new host! Woohoo! But I digress…

About Math Awareness Month

Math Awareness Month
Image Source: IQ Internal Quarterly

Math Awareness Month began back in 1986. Its purpose was to bring attention to mathematics as a field of study and to convey the importance of mathematics in furthering discoveries, solving problems, and finding beauty in our world.

April marks a time to increase the understanding and appreciation of mathematics and statistics. Why? Both subjects play a significant role in addressing many real-world problems — internet security, sustainability, disease, climate change, the data deluge, and much more. Research in these and other areas is ongoing, revealing new results and applications every day in fields such as medicine, manufacturing, energy, biotechnology, and business. Mathematics and statistics are important drivers of innovation in our technological world, in which new systems and methodologies continue to become more complex. – Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month

Despite it’s importance in the world we live in, Math is still a tricky subject for many students. It’s about time we change that.

Math Awareness Month
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Fun Math Puzzles for Math Awareness Month

As one of the essential 3 R’s for success, we need to help our children build a strong foundation in Math beginning as early as possible. For Math Awareness Month, we’d like to highlight some interesting Math resources to help children get into Math.

Puzzle of the Week

Puzzle of the Week is an open school challenge that G1’s school is involved in. You don’t have to be a part of it to access the challenges, though. There are a collection of interesting puzzles in the puzzle archive you can try out with full solutions, like these:

Puzzle of the Week

Maths Challenge

Similar to Puzzle of the Week, Math Challenge offers a different range of math challenges, like the following:

Math Challenge

Math in Action

You need a school to sign up to participate in this one, but they do have a few math challenges you can download and try out.

Figure This! Math Challenges for Families

To date, they have 80 Math Challenges you try for free, such as:

  • How long would you have to stand in line if you hold number 300?
  • How long would it take for your heart to beat 1000 times?
  • Which shape holds the most popcorn?
  • Why are manhole covers round?

Global Math Challenge

“Math exists everywhere across the globe – you can communicate with people all over the world using math as a ‘language’. Your math skills can be your passport to the forefront of almost any field of endeavor.” – Kenichiro Mogi, Japanese brain scientist and senior researcher of Sony Computer Science Laboratories

You have to sign up for this one, too, but it’s free. They also have some sample math puzzles you can try out, like this one:

Math Awareness Month
Image Source: Global Math Challenge

Moody’s Mega Math Challenge

For a more involved challenge, you can try this one. Entry to 2017 is over but you can still attempt the problem for the fun of it. Just in case you’re interested in the competition, keep a bookmark on this page for the 2018 challenge.

Moody’s Mega Math (M3) Challenge is a mathematical modeling contest for high school juniors and seniors. Through participation, students experience what it’s like to work as a team to tackle a real-world problem under time and resource constraints, akin to those faced by professional mathematicians working in industry. The Challenge is sponsored by The Moody’s Foundation and organized by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and awards $150,000 in scholarships each year.

The Challenge is entirely Internet-based with no registration or participation fees.

You can also search through their archives for some of their older challenges.

What’s great about this set of challenges is that it offers real-world scenarios that help students see how relevant math is to solving some of the problems we face in the world today.

Math Resources:

If you would like more Math resources to support student learning, don’t miss these:

Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of Figur8.net (a website on parenting, education, child development) and RightBrainChild.com (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

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