Data and Probability

Where do those convention delegate numbers come from?

We hear nightly about who won delegates in state elections.  But different states have different numbers of delegates.  How is that figured out?  Is it fair? The activity: Delegates.pdf Here’s a calendar of the nomination process:  ElectionCalendar.pdf

The Boston Marathon

Monday, April 17, Patriot’s Day, is the next running of the Boston Marathon. What do you know about marathons? What do you know about the Boston Marathon? How long do you think the marathon is? Make your best guess. How…

Figuring planting dates

It’s time to get ready to plant my garden again.  But here in Boston we have to start our seeds indoors to give them a head start before we can put plants outside. How should I figure out when to plant my…

“Go” in the news – man versus machine

March 9th was the first round of the competition between Lee Se-dol, one of the World’s best Go players, and Google’s artificial intelligence program “AlphaGo”.  The first and second matches took place in Seoul, South Korea and so far, AlphaGo…

It’s Girl Scout cookie time

Have you ever wondered how the income from Girl Scout cookie sales is distributed to the individual girls, to their Troops, or to the organization? In this activity students learn a little about the organization of the Girl Scouts, try to…

How much snow is that?

Start out this activity with: What do you notice? What do you wonder? How many inches of snow produced that pile?  How much snow in volume is on top of the car?  How much could that snow weigh? Students try to approximate…

Typical Super Bowl scores

The Super Bowl is coming up!  Are you planning to share a prediction for the score of the big game?  Don’t leave it all to chance, use math to help you get a better idea of what to expect for…

Windchill

When the weather person talks about wind chill did you ever wonder how they calculate that number?  In this activity students use the National Weather System chart to gauge wind chill, examine the patterns that correlate increasing wind and/or decreasing…

Data on the National Mall sites

Activity #1 – Look at the individuals who are memorialized on the National Mall and using fractions or percents decide what you can notice about those we honor.  If you would like to show images of the monuments and memorials to…

Comparing the Star Wars movies

We were curious about how often and how profitable the Star Wars movies have been.  The Force Awakens is still breaking previous record sales and has recently topped Avatar in all time success. So we gathered data on each Star…

How Many Pennies did Otha Save?

Otha Anders used picking up pennies as a way to remember to pray.  In this 3-act activity we try to estimate how much he actually collected and stored in 5 gallon water jugs.  Kick off the activity with the article with…

The Times Square Ball

On Thursday evening, December 31st, 2015 at 12:59 pm, much of the world will be watching the iconic Times Square Tower’s New Year’s Eve ball drop 77 feet to the roof of the One Times Square Building in Manhattan, NY.…