An organization called the Museum of Math is having a contest to promote how Mathematics can be fun and exciting.  As per their website:

"Mathematics illuminates the patterns and structures all around us. Our dynamic exhibits and programs will stimulate inquiry, spark curiosity, and reveal the wonders of mathematics."

The idea of an organization which is dedicated to spreading the word about how mathematics is evident in the real world is fascinating to me, because this is a question I always have to answer.  Every single one of my classes, every year that I teach, asks me why they are learning math.  The relevance of mathematics for the typical high school student to the real world is really hard to see, especially if one is is learning the material in the more traditional way mathematics can be taught.

They are having a contest to promote both their organization and the love of mathematics.  From their website again:

Enter our Twitter contest and tell the world why you love math! The best tweet with hashtag #MathIsFun will win a free iPad. Contest ends June 1, 2010.

 

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