Project MATHEMATICS! Contest


Project MATHEMATICS! conducted a contest in 1994 open to all teachers who had used project materials (videotapes and workbooks). Entries were judged on the basis of innovative and effective use of these materials in the classroom. Through the generosity of The Hewlett-Packard Company and The Intel Foundation eight prizes totaling $13,000 were awarded. They consisted of five first-place awards of $1,000 each to teachers, with an additional $1,000 presented to the awardee's school to be used in a manner determined by the awardee. In addition, second-place awards of $500 each went to three teachers, with another $500 presented to the awardee's school to be used in a manner determined by the awardee. The names of the winners are listed on the next page.

A videotape was prepared showing classroom implementation of the entries of the first-place winners. This booklet describes these entries in more detail and also describes the entries of the second-place winners. The Hewlett-Packard Company and The Intel Foundation jointly provided financial support to produce the videotape and the booklet and to distribute 1,000 complimentary copies to teachers nationwide.

Entries were received from various parts of the country, from Canada, and from overseas. Grade levels ranged from grade 8 in middle school to first-year community college. The contest entries show that teachers who are free to experiment can adapt to new ideas and new technology in creative ways that enhance their teaching and motivate their students to become excited about learning mathematics.

All participants are grateful to The Hewlett-Packard Company and to The Intel Foundation for generous support that made it possible to share in this truly educational experience and to extend its benefits to the mathematical community at large.

Contest Awardees

Five first-place awards of $1,000 each (listed in alphabetical order). An additional $1,000 was presented to the awardee's school to be used in a manner determined by the awardee.

Suzanne Jacobsen,
8th grade teacher at Jericho Middle School in Jericho, New York. For a series of activities that use a variety of learning styles to facilitate student understanding of the number pi.
Tom Janssens and Sandy Lofstock,
teachers at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California. For hands-on activities related to sines and cosines.
Edna R. Mangaldan and Alicia D. Pambid,
10th grade teachers at Manuel A. Roxas High School in Paco, Manila, Philippines. For student activities, recorded on videotape, related to the modules on Polynomials, the Theorem of Pythagoras, The Story of Pi, Similarity, and Sines & Cosines, Part I.
Sue Stetzer,
11th grade teacher at J. R. Masterman School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. For a student newspaper project including several features having to do with trigonometry.
Ron Woggon,
teacher in grades 9 through 12 at John A. Rowland High School in Rowland Heights, California. For a series of student produced animated videotapes motivated and inspired by Project MATHEMATICS!.

Three second-place awards of $500 each (listed in alphabetical order). An additional $500 was presented to the awardee's school to be used in a manner determined by the awardee.

Robin-Lynn Clemmons,
8th grade teacher at Holy Innocents' Episcopal School in Atlanta, Georgia. For hands-on projects related to the Theorem of Pythagoras.
Steve Lifer,
teacher in grades 9 through 11 at Lexington High School in Lexington, Ohio. For student activities simulating questions from real life as presented in the module on The Theorem of Pythagoras.
Joanne Yau,
geometry teacher at Galena High School in Reno, Nevada. For student activities related to the modules on Similarity and The Theorem of Pythagoras.

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