Math Rocks!

  • Apr 10, 2015


In case you haven’t noticed, math is trending these days, as millions of young people suddenly realize that math is not simply an obstacle to overcome in school, but the language of the universe, a vehicle for human advancement, or, as English philosopher and Franciscan friar Roger Bacon long ago observed, “the door and the key to the sciences.”

In an increasingly technological world, math is also an increasingly marketable career skill.

I bring this up because we find ourselves in the middle of National Mathematics Awareness Month, which is celebrated every April thanks to the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics, and since we here at DIRECTV are enthusiastic supporters of STEM education in all its forms, we’ll be bringing you news and information about math-related classroom resources throughout the month and beyond.

Today we call your attention to PBS LearningMedia and the resources they’ve curated specifically for National Mathematics Awareness Month—a collection of engaging and well-produced videos covering everything from prime numbers and algorithms to cyber codes and math in nature. These materials are freely available for teachers and students in grades 3-12.

You find it all here.

In order to give you some idea of just how much fun these videos are, I recommend you check out the sample below, wherein the late, great song man Rob Morsberger musically brainstorms prime numbers with a group of mathematicians.

And to stay abreast of other great free educational resources, be sure to bookmark this site and follow DIRECTV Goes to School on Twitter.

—Stephen Vincent D’Emidio