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Anne Dittrick Sonnet Writing Contest (due April 30)

Middle School Division Guidelines

The contest is open to all middle school students (grades 6th – 8th). Contest winners and will receive:

  • A Shakespeare On The Green gift.

  • Reserved seating at Shakespeare On The Green for the winner and their family.

  • The winning entry will be published in the souvenir program for Shakespeare on the Green and read by a Company member On The Green

Website: https://www.nebraskashakespeare.com/sonnet-contest

Flier: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1LzhTqZg-MjCms6kBWuhcqr0NmlOwnIp3/view?usp=sharing

Resources:

Service Learning Opportunity for Summer 2021

The Munroe-Meyer Recreational Therapy Program would like to invite you to volunteer!

The program offers student volunteers, ages 13 to 25, hands on experience interacting with children and youth with developmental disabilities.  If you are interested in health care or teaching, this would be a great opportunity.  Find out more and/or apply by clicking the link below.

More Information & Application:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_VWpJHkicreo9BaOnyTKUWKT9eplxS_9/view?usp=sharing

#83 The Luhn Algorithm

The Luhn algorithm or Luhn formula, also known as the modulus 10″ or “mod 10” algorithm, was developed in the 1960s as a method of validating identification numbers.  Number communication accuracy can be using this formula

Take time to explore:

Read this article about the formula and how it is used in real life to catch errors when shopping online.  Research the creator Peter Luhn and make a timeline about his life.

In this video you will learn how to use the Luhn Algorithm. Make the table on paper as you watch.

Math challenge presented by CEMC math POTWC-20-NN-PA-21-P . Print it out, read the page and look at the different strategy that they present to you. Try to figure out the last challenge. Answer key for challenge. You can use this to check you work.

 

 

 

2020-21 Weekly Challenge #20: Engineers Week

For this week’s Weekly Challenge, you’ll have an opportunity to learn about various types of Engineers, complete some math problems, and possibly win PRIZES!
  • There will be 5 problems posted this week (linked below) and each problem has multiple parts.  You can submit your answers to the problems anytime during EWeek (Feb 21-27), so don’t panic if you get started late!
  • Each correct answer you get will be a ticket in that day’s prize drawing.
  • Everyone who participates will be entered in a prize drawing! Submit answers to at least one Problem of the Day and you’ll be entered to win, even if you don’t get correct answers.
  • Each individual prize drawing winner will get a $10 Amazon gift card and each group drawing winner will receive a $50 gift card to the MATHCOUNTS store!

Monday’s Problem (Environmental Engineering): https://www.mathcounts.org/resources/problem-of-the-week/eweek-2021-environmental-engineering

Tuesday’s Problem (Systems Engineering): https://www.mathcounts.org/resources/problem-of-the-week/eweek-2021-systems-engineering

Wednesday’s Problem (Software Engineering): https://www.mathcounts.org/resources/problem-of-the-week/eweek-2021-software-engineering

Thursday’s Problem (Aerospace Engineering): https://www.mathcounts.org/resources/problem-of-the-week/eweek-2021-aerospace-engineering

Friday’s Problem (Chemical Engineering): https://www.mathcounts.org/engineers-week

#82: EWeek 2021

Do some math problems and earn PRIZES!

Engineers Week (EWeek) is THIS WEEK and you can celebrate with MATHCOUNTS by solving their 5 Problems of the Day (linked below).  BONUS: Just for participating, you’ll have an opportunity to earn some prizes!

  • Each day you’ll have an opportunity to solve our Problem of the Day and enter a prize drawing! You can submit your answers anytime during EWeek (Feb 21-27), so don’t panic if you get started late! Each Problem of the Day has multiple parts, and each correct answer you get will be a ticket in that day’s prize drawing.
  • Everyone who participates will be entered in a prize drawing! Submit answers to at least one Problem of the Day and you’ll be entered to win, even if you don’t get correct answers.
  • Each individual prize drawing winner will get a $10 Amazon gift card and each group drawing winner will receive a $50 gift card to the MATHCOUNTS store!

Monday’s Problem (Environmental Engineering): https://www.mathcounts.org/resources/problem-of-the-week/eweek-2021-environmental-engineering

Tuesday’s Problem (Systems Engineering): https://www.mathcounts.org/engineers-week

Wednesday’s Problem (Software Engineering): https://www.mathcounts.org/engineers-week

Thursday’s Problem (Aerospace Engineering): https://www.mathcounts.org/engineers-week

Friday’s Problem (Chemical Engineering): https://www.mathcounts.org/engineers-week

2020-21 Weekly Challenge #19: Cold Weather Science Experiments

Below Zero Temperatures = Science Experiments!

For this week’s Weekly Challenge, try one of these Cold Weather Science Experiments and figure out if it’s real or a myth!  Don’t forget to share your results!

  1. Freezing Soap Bubbles: Head outside with some bubble solution and blow some bubbles!  NOTE:  Try heating up the bubble solution in the microwave beforehand.  You can make your own bubble solution with 2 cups of water, half a cup of dish soap, and 2 teaspoons sugar.
  2. Banana Hammer: Hang a banana outside for a few hours and it will freeze solid-solid enough for you to be able to hammer actual nails with it.
  3. Make An Ice Thrower: Fill a Super Soaker with boiling water and then shoot it out into the cold.  When very hot water meets very cold air, the water vaporizes, turning it into ice crystals…essentially, homemade snow.  Don’t have a Super Soaker, just use the pot you boiled the water in.
  4. Freeze-Fry An Egg: Don’t actually eat it, but leave a frying pan outside for about 15 minutes and then crack an egg into it.  What happens?
  5. Instant Freeze Water – Bottle Slam

If none of these experiments catch your interest, a simple Google search for “Cold Weather Science” will display several options.  Have fun and don’t forget to submit your learning!

Submit Your Work Here: https://forms.gle/PcVvit1VbANsZfBcA

Service Learning Opportunities

There a many ways to help serve in our community! 

Check out the opportunities below!

Want to keep Omaha beautiful? How about litter clean up?
Make sack lunches for the hungry:
Like to do data entry?
Want to roll candles?
Time on Mondays? Help flood victims
Like to cook?
Love animals and have time on Fridays?
Fight against hunger? (need 2.5 hours at a time)
Every 2nd Saturday – help feed families:
Like to dance? Enjoy working with little kids? (2 hour increments) Help on Saturday’s:
Love horses? Got 5 hours?
Want to make plastic bag blankets for the homeless?
Sew? Crochet? Knit?
Love flowers? Crafty? Make bouquets!
Like soccer?
Like Music and instruments?

 

#81 Triangular Numbers

Have you seen a question like this before?

How can you solve this problem without drawing a picture on paper?

Use one of the resources below to solve the problem.

  • Use this interactive tool to construct triangular numbers until you can see the pattern to answer the counter question from above.

  • ADVANCED: This is a teaching page that REALLY gets into the math behind these types of problems. Use the formula and see if you can get the right answer.

  • Check out this triangular number chart.  Click on getting started. When you have a solution and a written statement about what you did to solve the problem, check the “solution” button to check your work.

  • Connection: Research the original Light Brite, a 1960s toy. Come up with some unique idea on how teachers can use these toys to teach math, science, and art.

 

Image source: https://nzmaths.co.nz/sites/default/files/TriangularNumbers.pdf

US Geography Championship – Sign up by Feb. 4th!

In the past, students in grades 4-8 at Westside Community Schools have participated in the National Geographic Geo Bee.   While this year’s experience won’t look the same as it has in the past, we are excited to offer students an opportunity to participate in another contest!

The US Geography Championship 2021 will be held the week of February 15.  The exam consists of 50 multiple choice questions and students will have 20 minutes to complete the exam.  In order to participate, sign up using the link below by February 4.
tinyurl.com/WCSGEO2021
You will be sent an email on Feb. 5th with your testing date, time, and location.