This can be done as a 3 Act Task.  To get started simply show the video and following picture to your class.

ACT ONE: I decided to download a couple demo video games from the Wii online store.  Both of the games are free demo versions that I download directly to my Wii console.  Check out the video and pic below:

## Budget 2012

Visit this debt clock website and ask students to make some observations, http://www.nationaldebtclocks.org/debtclock/unitedstates

• What do you see happening on this clock?
• When will the U. S. hit the next trillion dollars deficit milestone?
• How fast is the deficit increasing every hour?

## It sure is cold out … or is it?

Students ponder the relationship between place latitudes and average January temperatures while they try to discover a correlation. Is this a linear or near linear relationship? … averaging, missing data for averaging, line of best fit, Google Earth, world locations, linear review, extrapolation …

## Linsanity

Jeremy Lin is the New York Knicks most startling player.  His story is exciting in that he graduated from Harvard in 2010 and was not immediately drafted into the NBA.  At first he was playing in the NBA Development League (D-League) but has been playing in the starting line-up of the Knicks since early February.

## All Star Game 2012

The NBA All Star game is being held on February 26th.  Did you know that this was the third major professional sport all star game in the last month. The Pro Bowl and the NHL All Star Game were also recently held.  MLB has their all star game, called the Mid - Summer Classic in July. In this activity we compare viewership all star games, championship games and typical regular season games in each of the four major North American sports.  How do the ratings of all star games compare to the championship and regular season games in the same sport?

## Throwing up again

Anchorage, Alaska has received more than 100 inches of snow this winter.  The height of the tunnel to people's homes is getting higher and higher. When they shovel an area, they have to throw the snow practically straight up from their path to get the snow well into the surrounding snowbanks.

In this activity students experiment with graphing parabolas and manipulating those equations to try to establish a likely trajectory