Big Idea #1 - A STEM Contest from Samsung

Samsung is accepting applications for its Solve For Tomorrow STEM contest. The contest has students and their teachers solve an issue in their community using math, science, engineering, and technology. In 2017, Lewistown Junior High School was the state finalist in the contest for their work developing an app that allows emergency workers to communicate those who need help via text messaging in real time. Visit Samsung's website for registration information and other details. The deadline to register for the contest is Tuesday, October 30, 2018.

Big Idea #2 - A fun statistics resource

The U.S. Census Bureau's Statistics in Schools is a free, fun resource for statistics, math, history and other fun facts about our country. Activities are based on grade levels kindergarten to grade 5, grades 6 to 8, and grades 9 to 12. The State Facts for Students allows students to learn about interesting facts about Montana and the other 49 states. They even have a special teaching guide just for Halloween.

Big Idea #3 - Counting up to a million

Counting up to large numbers such as a million can be challenging for younger students. One school's third-grade class turned counting to a million into a class project using aluminum cans. It took them the majority of the school year to get enough cans to count to a million. Read the article to learn how they did and how the project turned out.

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