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Mathalicious Kickstarts a Fresh Way to Teach with Math52
Alexandria, VA – 04/25/2012
Today, Mathalicious, a leader in innovative math curriculum, launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund Math52. Math52 is a video series that explores creative applications of math in everyday life. Each week for a year Mathalicious will release a new video accompanied by a lesson for classroom use that will help teachers engage their students and transform what it means to teach math.
American high school students perform far below their foreign peers in math which puts America’s role as global high-tech leader is at risk. According to a 2009 Raytheon report, 61 percent of middle school students would rather take out the garbage than do their math homework. Much of this is due to ineffective math instruction and the widespread student belief that mathematics is irrelevant to their lives. Through the Math52 video series, Mathalicious will help teachers teach math in a way that engages their students and challenges them to think about the world differently.
The Math52 video series will explore such topics as:
- Do people with small feet pay too much for shoes and should Nike charge by weight?
- Is it ever a good idea to buy AppleCare and what can this tell us about health insurance?
- How far would you have to run to burn off a Big Mac and what would happen if fast food restaurants rewrote their menus in terms of exercise?
“People across the country are frustrated with education and want to help,” explains Mathalicious founder Karim Ani, “but aren’t sure how. Kickstarter is an incredible platform for people to support something they care about and that really matters. For less than what LeBron James makes in a single game, we can transform the way millions of children learn and help create a smarter, healthier and more curious generation of students.” Mathalicious plans to raise $164,000 through this Kickstarter campaign.
Since 2009, Mathalicious has provided teachers across the country with lessons that help them teach standards-based math through real-world topics that students care about. Find Mathalicious online at 127.0.0.1:8080/wordpress/, and on Facebook and Twitter.
To learn more and view the Kickstarter project, visit www.math52.com.