Blue Lightning Labs has developed Mathemagics: Mental Math Tricks, an iOS app that helps students multiply, divide, and square at lightning speed. Students learn and practice the tricks of mental math calculation, progressing through various levels of proficiency. They can use Mathemagics to prepare for the math section of standardized tests and entrance exams or as a tutor to improve test-taking abilities. The math lessons include multiplying as high as 20 x 20; multiplying any number by 99; dividing any number by 5; multiplying two close numbers; adding two- and three-digit numbers; checking addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division by casting nines; and more. Cost: $2.99
A new interactive national report shows how states are performing based on 10 STEM benchmarks. The STEM Opportunity Index, developed by the National Math and Science Initiative, SRI International, and 100Kin10, looks at more than 100 public datasets and puts the results into an interactive map that compares how states are doing across 10 conditions, practices, and outcomes demonstrating STEM success rates.
The New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) pioneered Design–Make–Play, a novel approach to learning and engagement, drawing on deeper learning research and supporting the creation of learning experiences that develop critical thinking, knowledge integration, innovation, and creativity skills.
ASM Teacher Materials Camp is a weeklong, idea-generating workshop introducing teachers to methods that will make core math and science principles more enticing and relevant to their middle school and high school students. The materials topics are motivators in any engineering, technology, or science course as students complete projects of personal worth to them.