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November 2007

1995 tasks placed in schools during October.
297,468 placed since the project began in July 1992.

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In this month's News you will find:

 Mini Maths Expo Tasks of the Month Task 52, Which Floor Task 53, Have A Hexagon Recording & Publishing

 Mini Maths Expo Cherie Cooper, Barmera Primary School, South Australia, tells us that as a direct result of our Engineering 'aha' Moments K-8 six day workshop program changing her teaching practice, she organised a Mini Maths Expo during Literacy & Numeracy week. Cherie tells her story in a passionate, excited manner. Please have a look at her story in the Link List below. Several 2008 bookings have already been made for our professional development programs. At this stage we even have a booking in October. There is limited space in anyone's diary, so now is a good time to consider the possibility of our work being able to support your work. See Link List below.

Two new cameos this month.
• Which Floor develops a problem around student experiences with elevators in a building. We know the journey the person takes (floors up and down) and we know the floor at which they exit the lift, but at which floor did they enter the lift? Working Backwards is the key strategy employed in this initial set of problems, then, asking What happens if..? creates more and more challenges.
• Have A Hexagon puts the practice of times tables into a problem solving situation. The playing board has three hexagons which between them show every possible product which can be formed from the numbers on two dice. The aim of the game is cover these products as they arise. Which hexagon will be covered first?

• Recording & Publishing
As a consequence of obtaining some interesting photos from Trinity Academy and Settlebeck High School, both in England, we have refreshed and rebuilt the Recording and Publishing Album in the Photographs link within Maths Tasks. If you have never looked at this link, now is a good time. If you have been there before, then visit again, because you will find new material. See the Link List below.

• Did you miss the October News?
If so you missed information about:
1. More on the Sphinx
4. ...and more

Keep smiling,
Doug.

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