The program for the Florida Educational Technology Conference (FETC) includes a closing session focused on the Texas Instruments "We All Use Math Every Day" initiative, based on the popular CBS television series "NUMB3RS." Actor David Krumholtz, who plays mathematical genius Charlie Eppes on the program, is scheduled to attend.
FETC, to be held March 22-24 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, offers more than 200 concurrent sessions, 79 professional development workshops, and an opening session featuring keynote speaker Dr. Rudolph Crew, the innovative superintendent of the Miami-Dade County public school system. The conference also includes an Exhibit Hall with displays of the latest technology and education resources from 500 companies.
"We All Use Math Every Day" is an education program developed by a partnership made up of Texas Instruments, in association with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and the producers of "NUMB3RS."
The program offers math exercises, classroom materials, and additional information related to the television program at http://education.ti.com/educationportal/. The Web page also links to a blog by Dr. Mark Bridger, a professor at Northeastern University's math department, who provides information and insight about the NUMB3RS television program (http://www.atsweb.neu.edu/math/cp/blog/).
The partnership is also sponsoring an online sweepstakes for teens and their math teachers. Prizes include a trip to Hollywood and a visit to the NUMB3RS set, funding toward college costs, and a walk-on role on NUMB3RS for a teacher. Students ages 13-19 are eligible to participate by logging in, identifying their current math teacher, and answering math questions at http://www.cbs.com/. The sweepstakes ends March 15; winners will be randomly selected and notified by March 20.
NUMB3RS, broadcast Friday nights at 10 p.m. on CBS, is a drama about an FBI agent (Rob Morrow) who recruits his mathematical genius brother (David Krumholtz) to help the Bureau solve challenging crimes. Inspired by actual cases, the series shows how the interaction of police work and mathematics can provide unexpected revelations—and answers—to the most perplexing questions. Judd Hirsch appears as the father of the two crime-solvers.
Texas Instruments, http://education.ti.com/educationportal/.
CBS Television, http://www.cbs.com/primetime/numb3rs/index.shtml/.