Mardi Gras – Fat Tuesday

Tuesday, March 5, 2019, will be the day before Ash Wednesday and the start of the season of Lent.  Mardi Gras is a last hoorah and is celebrated throughout the world with feasting, partying, and general indulgence. In New Orleans revelers throw and collect purple, green, and gold beads.

Students get a chance to examine the monetary and environmental cost of this bead exuberance with our unit pricing and recycling activity.

The Iditarod. Is it the last great race on Earth?

The Iditarod Dog Sled Race will begin on Saturday, March 2nd in Anchorage, Alaska. It is often called The Last Great Race on Earth because it is so long and grueling. Students do some rate, distance, and hardship comparisons to decide if they agree that the Iditarod is really the Last Great Race on Earth.

Dallas Seavey drops down the bank onto the Yukon River shortly after leaving the village checkpoint of Ruby at sunset in Interior Alaska during the 2010 Iditarod

Dallas Seavey drops down the bank onto the Yukon River shortly after leaving Ruby at sunset in Interior Alaska during the 2010 Iditarod

Movies and the upcoming Oscars

We have 11 activities for your Oscar week.

Do the better movies make the most money - Updated! - Do the the movies that are nominated for the Best Picture at the Academy Award make the most money?  At most ten movies are nominated each year.  Students compare the votes that the last 18 nominated movies received with their worldwide gross in theaters.  Does number of votes for best picture correlate with money earned at theaters?

Which car should I buy?

Presidents Day is also about car sales.

Should you buy a hybrid car or an electric car to save money?

Students create equations for finding the break-even points of these vehicles by mileage and years of ownership.  They then work with systems of equations to find the number of years or number of miles where the cost of these cars are the same.

President’s Pay for Presidents’ Day

You can't run for President now, but heck, 2036 is right around the corner.

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Being President of the United States will be quite an accomplishment and a ton of work.   But, how is the pay?  Does the job pay millions per year like the pay of some athletes, actors and musicians?

The table to the right gives presidential annual salaries back to 1789. There have only been 5 salary raises EVER for the president.  The president's salary is not adjusted annually for a cost of living increase.  An act of Congress is required to change his/her  salary (only his so far).Screen Shot 2013-09-28 at 3.20.43 PM

So, how much should you expect to make as President in 2036?