Things to consider

Items listed here are things that the PACE Committee would like to share - activities, reports, ideas - all related to Advocating Challenge in Education...  If you have anything you would like to share - please contact us at the link below or e-mail us at PenfieldPACE@rochester.rr.com.  Some links are just fun things to look at to challenge yourself.
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Nobody knows how Gravity works for sure. They have a NAME for it, and a mathematical model for it, but they don't know why gravity works. Having a name for something, like inertia, doesn't mean you understand it. This is a fun entertaining video about how we know what we know, and how much we really don't know. How do we know the Earth is round? How do we first know the diameter of the Earth? (Adam Savage is from MythBusters.)  Jan 28, 2013, 4:20 PM Thomas Kinsman
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  Jan 28, 2014, 4:44 AM Sarah Audi
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I'm posting this video link to a Vi Hart video about why 0.999... is the same as 1, because it also mentions the concept of "Create your own Math". If what you need to do in math doesn't work, create a different math. Change the game. A number squared can be negative if you invent imaginary numbers, which are self consistent and work fine. Open your imagination. Plain elementary algebra is not the only the of algebra there is.  Feb 25, 2013, 7:34 AM Thomas Kinsman
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"Closing America's High Achievement Gap" Free downloadable report urging support for academically gifted students  Jan 28, 2014, 4:47 AM Sarah Audi
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  May 16, 2013, 10:58 AM Sarah Audi
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http://www.amazon.com/Why-Dont-Students-Like-School/dp/047059196X/ref  Mar 17, 2013, 9:07 AM Dolores Langsenkamp
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Our problem is not the wrong homework, or not enough homework, it is the right kind of homework. This article discusses ways to make homework more effective.  Sep 22, 2013, 7:11 PM Thomas Kinsman
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Resources for students competing in the Monroe County Math League. Push yourself to know the lingo before you go. Study old tests. Learn what will be on the test...  Jan 29, 2013, 9:46 AM Thomas Kinsman
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This is a video of an inside-out face illusion. Looking at the inside of a face, your visual system flips it so that it is right-side out. Follow the link provided to find a template you can cut out and make your own. Check it out.   Jan 28, 2013, 4:20 AM Thomas Kinsman
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Annie Murphy Paul writes about the impact of parenting on student learning and behavior. Here she reports on some recent findings. It is perfectly okay for parents to take a concerned interest in their student's learning. Yet the way and the amount that parents talk to their children may outweigh that. The parents set the expectations and attitudes. "...the way mothers and fathers talk to their middle-school students makes a difference."  Sep 30, 2013, 7:13 AM Thomas Kinsman
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Five different languages and systems to consider to help children explore computer programming. Using computers is "nice", but being able to program them is far more insightful. Through programming, students learn logic, math, self control, and persistence. See article for details.  Mar 11, 2013, 9:10 AM Thomas Kinsman
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RIT and the U of R are offering special short courses in: Optics, Optical Engineering, Opto-Mechanical Analysis, Lasers, biomedical Optics, Optical Systems Design, Imaging Science, Optoelectronic Devices, and Optical thin Film Processing. Many of these have hands-on labs. Scholarships are available. Courses runs from June 4, 2013 to June 18, 2013. See www.ceis.rochester.edu/funding/courses/index.html for more information.   593k v. 2 May 16, 2013, 5:49 AM Thomas Kinsman
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Rochester is hosting a mini-Maker Faire on Saturday, Nov. 22nd at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center.A Maker Faire is an event created by Make magazine to "celebrate arts, crafts, engineering, science projects and the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset". For people that are interested in: knitting, robotics, squishy circuits, programming, math, engineering, 3d printing, crafts, ... all the way up to high altitude ballooning. This event will get your creative juices flowing. For more details or for online tickets (discounted) ahead of time, see the link.  Nov 12, 2014, 1:51 AM Thomas Kinsman
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An NPR article (with a link to listen to it) about how challenging children has long term benefits, and that children with higher IQs can learn at a more condensed and concentrated rate longer into adolescence.  Sep 24, 2013, 10:13 AM Thomas Kinsman
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There is an online Math competition called First in Math. -- This is a news story of Justine Mann (age 9) who won the online math competition for the state of Ohio. She had to overcome being bullied for being smart.   May 8, 2013, 5:32 AM Thomas Kinsman
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NBC Learn, in collaboration with the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, explores the process of innovation.  Mar 18, 2013, 6:26 AM Dolores Langsenkamp
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A Collection of the country's top educational organizations. Aligned to common core, yet interesting, motivating, and fun resources.  Mar 17, 2013, 9:02 AM Dolores Langsenkamp
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Study shows most of kindergarten math is wasted on basic skills that children already know. More time should be spent on teaching higher-level thinking at an early age. Here's an opportunity for enrichment??  May 17, 2013, 6:45 AM Thomas Kinsman
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Eight great stories about how math changed the world. Google was built using probability.  Jan 28, 2013, 10:05 AM Thomas Kinsman
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Everyday Creativity with Dewitt Jones. Click on the "free preview" for a beautiful, relatable illustration of how everyone can think creatively.  Apr 4, 2013, 10:26 AM Dolores Langsenkamp
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EVERY YEAR Intel sponsors a Science Competition. Jack Andraka, Won this year for Pancreatic Cancer Research. The ROCHESTER NY connection is mentioned as 4 girls from ROCHESTER did very well too. Note: The article emphasizes that the winner was only 15 years old. This is ~silly~ because you cannot enter it unless you are a teen. The winner is guaranteed to be young. Something to consider entering.  May 8, 2013, 5:33 AM Thomas Kinsman
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Teen Girl Science Group, Wows At FIRST 2012 Championships -- Create low cost milk pasteurization process.  May 8, 2013, 5:18 AM Thomas Kinsman
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2/12/2013 Article in the Guardian (UK) on Technology and Talent. The appropriate quote was: "... [Gifted and Talented] students do need exceptional teachers, ones who don't feel threatened by them, who are open to being challenged beyond the usual and open to many things."  May 8, 2013, 5:23 AM Thomas Kinsman
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An article in The Examiner. Teaching to the child's ability is not being elitist.  May 8, 2013, 5:29 AM Thomas Kinsman
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The Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) at the University of Rochester holds an annual summer research program for Rochester-area high school students going into their Senior year. The 8-week program provides an exceptional opportunity for highly motivated students to experience scientific research in a realistic environment...  May 8, 2013, 5:18 AM Thomas Kinsman
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1 min video of people that were crazy enough to change the world. Previously unseen apple advertisement with Steve Jobs. Will you or your child change the world?  May 8, 2013, 5:23 AM Thomas Kinsman
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David C. Perry is a well known and much loved Children's Performer from Philadelphia, PA. David wrote this song about Pi. We post it here in honor of Pi Day. Share it with your kids. You have to listen to it at least twice to understand why he says you need to ask Dwight for the numbers on the right. The book he got Pi out of was the Time Life big book of Mathematics. The joke about it being a difficult chorus to sing along to is right. Pi does not repeat with any pattern, so the only way to sing the chorus is to memorize Pi to 60 digits. :-)  May 8, 2013, 5:17 AM Thomas Kinsman
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