Mathematics Update

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Texas Regional Collaborative in Science and Mathematics Teaching Grant 2016-17

It's not too late to submit the Professional Development Agreement for the 2016-2017 Texas Regional Collaborative in Science and Mathematics Teaching Grant! If you feel that you need more time to get your paperwork turned in, please let us know so that we may better accommodate your school. Visit our web page for the information details!


Big image showcases the Math TEKS by grade level with tips, examples, digital tools, and videos to help parents understand the math concepts and skills that their children are learning.

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2016 Lone Star Leadership Academy Camps

Education in Action is calling for Nominations of outstanding 4th-8th grade students for the summer 2016 Lone Star Leadership Academy camps. Participants travel to the Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin/San Antonio, or Houston/Galveston area to join delegations of other distinguished students from across Texas for a week of fun, learning, leadership development, and visits to significant Texas destinations. Each day participants explore notable Texas sites, learn about unique careers from professionals, and work in small groups to develop specific leadership skills. In addition to improving their leadership abilities, participants gain self-confidence and independence and develop new friendships with other high-achieving students from across the state. Nominees must be in 4th-8th grade, maintain an 85 or higher average, demonstrate leadership ability, and be involved in school/community activities. Students in grades 4-8 can be nominated online at:

Nomination Deadline: Friday, February 5, 2016

Moody’s Mega Math Challenge

Moody’s Mega Math Challenge is an Internet-based applied math competition that awards scholarship prizes from $1,000 to $20,000 to teams of high school juniors and seniors. The challenge takes place February 27 – 28, 2016. Students are required to solve an open-ended, realistic, math-modeling problem in 14 hours. Moody’s Mega Math Challenge is funded by the Moody Foundation and organized by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). For more information, visit

Research Science Institute

The Center for Excellence in Education (CEE) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) co-sponsor the Research Science Institute (RSI) and are looking for talented 11th grade Science Technology Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) students for a summer research program. Students can apply to the (RSI) program to be held on the MIT campus June 26 – August 6, 2016. Participants will meet some of the world's most talented students and top scientists and have an opportunity to conduct research in exciting labs. The program is free to students except for travel to and from MIT. If you know a high school junior that may be interested in the program, take a look at the CEE website or RSI application materials, and more information about the program. Application information is available at Questions may be directed to Maite Ballestero, Executive Vice President, Programs & Administration,

Teacher Enrichment Program

The Teacher Enrichment Program (TEP) is the Center for Excellence in Education’s (CEE) program for middle and high school STEM teachers. TEP provides opportunities for rural and urban teachers to connect with experts from industry and academia to explore cutting edge research and make meaningful professional links with direct benefits for themselves and their students. All online resources and events are cost-free for all participants. TEP events are held in California, Florida, Maryland, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. CEE invites interested teachers to visit the program website at to find out how to connect with scientists and engineers in their community through Bite of Science sessions and Teacher Roundtables and to explore a variety of online STEM resources.

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Keep Calm & Java On (KCJO) Spring 2016 Application

The Texas Regional Collaboratives (TRC) in the Center for STEM Education at UT Austin, in partnership with Oracle Academy, is offering a free series of courses for Texas teachers interested in teaching computer science. This series of professional development experiences will prepare participants to teach courses such as Computer Science I, Computer Science II, or AP Computer Science. Since the AP Computer Science A course is based on the Java programming language, this will be the focus of the technical training component.

The KCJO online coursework in Spring 2016 will focus on Java Fundamentals. Completer will be eligible to participate in the follow-up online Java Programming Course in late Spring 2016.

The deadline for applying this course is February 17, 2016. Registration information will be sent directly to eligible participants.

More information can be found at

TRC Computer Science Resources

Opportunities for both teachers and students related to computer science, coding and computational thinking are becoming more prevalent due to growing awareness of the the importance of these fields in the 21st Century innovation economy. Unfortunately, finding these opportunities can be a real challenge as there has been no central clearinghouse for these kinds of resources and events in Texas. To address this communications challenge, the TRC launched the TRC CS Network Blog and a repository of resources for CS.

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Web Sketchpad Interactives

Check out the new set of Web Sketchpad interactives from Illuminations—optimized for your desktop and tablet. Want to see more? Send an email and tell us what would be useful in your classroom. Also, remember to check back often for new releases.
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Now Open for Entries: Register Today for the 2016 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge

The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge is now open for entries. Register your young scientist today and have them start brainstorming their video submission over winter break.

Get your students' creative wheels turning with our thought starters ranging from how we communicate to how we make a difference. They can also get some inspiration from our 2015 Top Young Scientist, Hannah Herbst. Check out her winning project here.

Students in grades 5-8 are asked to propose a new invention or solution to an everyday problem, and explain their solution in a one-to-two minute video.


  • One Grand Prize Winner will be named "America's Top Young Scientist" receive $25,000 and the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend a taping of a Discovery Network show!
  • 10 Finalists will work one-on-one with a 3M Scientist during an exclusive summer mentorship. Plus, each of the Top 10 will be awarded $1,000 and a trip to 3M's World Headquarters
  • Up to 51 State Merit Winners will receive a technology prize pack valued at more than $250

Videos will be accepted through April 20, 2016

Follow us on Twitter at @3M and @DiscoveryEd and join the conversation us ing #YoungScientist!

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Do you have the right stuff?

Take a quick online quiz with your students to see if they know enough about life aboard the International Space Station to be an honorary crew member.*

Destination: Mars

The Design Challenge engages students in the problem-solving needed to take the next step toward Mars.

Teams who turn in the most creative, effective solutions will win a chat with a NASA expert and a classroom set of TI-Nspire™ CX technology.**

Explore the STEM Behind Life in Space

NASA and TI are developing new TI-Nspire™ activities that encourage students to explore the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) practices space agency experts use every day.

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