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05/26/1995 07:00:00

Project MATHEMATICS! Announces Contest Winners

PASADENA— Project MATHEMATICS!, Caltech's innovative series of animated videotapes on topics in high school mathematics, is pleased to announce the names of the winners in the 1994 competition sponsored jointly by the Hewlett-Packard Company and the Intel Foundation. Five first-place awards of $1,000 each were given to teachers from a nationwide selection of entries, each judged on the basis of innovative and effective use of project materials (videotapes and workbooks) in the classroom. An additional $1,000 award went to the awardee's school to be used in a manner determined by the awardee.

Suzanne Jacobson, 8th-grade teacher at Jericho Middle School in Jericho, New York. For a series of activities that use a variety of learning styles to facilitate student understanding of the number pi.

Tom Janssens and Sandy Lofstock, college teachers at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California. For a series of hands-on activities related to the three modules on sines and cosines.

Edna R. Mangaldan and Alicia D. Pambid, 10th-grade teachers at Manuel A. Roxas High School in Paco, Manila, Philippines. For a series of student activities, recorded on videotape, related to the modules on "Polynomials," "The Theorem of Pythagoras," "The Story of Pi," "Similarity," and "Sines and Cosines, Part I".

Sue Stetzer, 11th-grade teacher at J. R. Masterman School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. For a student newspaper project including several features having to do with trigonometry.

Ron Woggon, teacher in grades 9 through 12 at John A. Rowland High School in Rowland Heights, California. For a series of student-produced animated videotapes motivated and inspired by Project MATHEMATICS! Three second-place prizes of $500 each were also awarded. An additional $500 award goes to the awardee's school to be used in a manner determined by the awardee.

Robin-Lynn Clemmons, 8th-grade teacher at Holy Innocent's Episcopal School in Atlanta, Georgia. For a series of hands-on projects related to the theorem of Pythagoras.

Steve Lifer, teacher in grades 9 through 11 at Lexington High School in Lexington, Ohio. For a series of student activities simulating questions from real life presented in the module on the theorem of Pythagoras.

Joanne Yau, geometry teacher at Galena High School in Reno, Nevada. For a series of student activities related to the modules on similarity and the theorem of Pythagoras.

Created by Tom Apostol, Caltech professor of mathematics, emeritus, to enhance and improve upon the standard mathematics curriculum in high schools and community colleges, Project MATHEMATICS! has taken traditional mathematics education a step further by using video technology to help students visualize concepts and understand them more easily. His ally is James F. Blinn, Caltech member of the professional staff, a computer animator who holds a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship for pioneering work in computer animation and its applications to education.

With the help of its extensive distribution network and successful fund-raising efforts, Project MATHEMATICS! has been able to reach literally millions of students nationally and now globally. More than 121,000 copies of the first eight videotapes are currently in circulation within the United States. More than thirty public television stations across the country, including KLCS (Los Angeles), Ohio Public Broadcasters, and WNET (New York), regularly broadcast Project videotapes. Modules are also widely distributed in Canada and overseas.

Written by Sue McHugh