Which of the Olympic sports do you want to watch?


Develop some understanding of the many Olympic sports and their various judging requirements.  Should the Olympics only include performances that can be objectively measured?

Greek gymnast, Eleftherios Petrounias

Greek gymnast, Eleftherios Petrounias

 Canoe sprintist, Mark de Jonga

Canoe sprintist, Mark de Jonga

Wilmer Contreras, Equadorian weightlifter

Wilmer Contreras, Equadorian weightlifter

Michael Phelps, USA swimmer

Michael Phelps, USA swimmer

 Ana Patricia Silva Ramos, Women's Beach Volleyball

Ana Patricia Silva Ramos, Women's Beach Volleyball

Canadian, Megan Lane and Caravella

Canadian, Megan Lane and Caravella

Steele Johnson and David Boudia

Steele Johnson and David Boudia

 Kenya's Rugby Sevens player, Mary Musieka (right)

Kenya's Rugby Sevens player, Mary Musieka (right)

Monster cake

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MonsterCake-bkgJodie Berman, a high school math teacher in Chicago, loves mathematics and loves to cook.  We've created an activity based on her Monster Cake (composed of everything that Cookie Monster loves) from her blog Binomial Baker.   Students find the surface area covered by M&Ms to approximate how many M&Ms she needs to finish her cake.

10 cents for all you can eat ice cream! Crazy!

All the ice cream that you can eat for only 10 cents!  Wow, that's a great deal!  Or is it?Cone

The history of the Dairy Queen franchise began with this ad in Illinois in 1938.  I know that 10 cents was worth more in the past but was it worth enough even then? How much would that all-you-can-eat ice cream special cost today?  

Pokémon GO! I should have invested

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Pikachu

Pikachu

Pokémon GO is all the rage.  News reports show people glued to their smart phones as they travel to nearby landmarks where virtual critters appear and need to be caught by throwing Pokémon Balls with a phone swipe. Well, at least those gamers are getting a little exercise.

Let your students talk about gaming as they quantify how popular this has become, how much data is consumed by gamers, how much of an average data plan will be consumed by playing, and how they could have become rich had they invested in Nintendo stock.

10 Million nematodes

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Nematodes

Grubs are killing my grass.  I don't want to put poison into the ground.  What can I do?

There are tiny roundworms called beneficial nematodes. They can kill destructive soil pests in your garden and lawn.  They are tiny worms that infect the grub and larvae phase of these insects and kill them.  To my surprise, a shipment of nematodes includes 10 million worms ... and they are pretty invisible to the naked eye.  Did I order some of the kings new clothes?

How high can a gymnastic score be?

2016 USA Olympic

2016 USA Olympic Team

front row: Laurie Hernandez, MyKayla Skinner, Simone Biles, Ragan Smith
back row: Ashton Locklear, Aly Raisman, Alyssa Baumann, Gabby Douglas
MyKayla Skinner, Ragan Smith and Ashton Locklear were named as alternates.

Gymnasts have just successfully competed in San Jose, California for positions on the 5 person USA Olympic team.  As you watch their performances don't you wonder how their scores are determined and what the top score could be? (It's not a 10 anymore!)