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Innovation Math Challenge Winners

Team Name: The Puzzle School:
Jared Cosulich

Title: XYFlyer
Hometown/Local PBS Station: San Francisco, CA; KQED
XYFlyer allows students to explore equations and graphing through 200 puzzle-like challenges and immediate feedback loops. Students try to create an equation that will graph out providing a remote controlled airplane a path through a series of points on the graph. Each challenge can be customized, allowing for creative solutions, and there is an editor allowing students and teachers to create custom levels to challenge each other.

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Team Name: Flocabulary
Title: Order of Operations (“PEMDAS”)
Hometown/Local PBS Station: Brooklyn, NY; WNET
PEMDAS is a handy mnemonic to help students remember the order of operations. This video explains the order of operations: parentheses, exponents, multiply, divide, add and subtract. It then shows students how to apply PEMDAS to an example equation. 

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Team Name: Flocabulary
Title: Dividing Fractions (“Keep, Change, Flip”)
Hometown/Local PBS Station: Brooklyn, NY; WNET
The “Keep, Change, Flip” mnemonic teaches students how to divide fractions. The song shows students this process with an example problem and explains the math behind it. 

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Team Name: Flocabulary
Title: Area of a Triangle (“½ bh”)
Hometown/Local PBS Station: Brooklyn, NY; WNET
This video introduces the formula for the area of a triangle. The hook reminds students that the formula is 1⁄2 b x h. It explains how to find the base and height of a triangle in order to find the area and demonstrates why area is calculated this way, using a parallelogram as an example. 

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Team Name: Flocabulary
Title: Coordinate Plane (“The Treasure Hunt”)
Hometown/Local PBS Station: Brooklyn, NY; WNET
In this video, our protagonist finds a treasure map laid out as a coordinate plane. To get to the treasure, he needs to use what he knows about coordinate planes. He reviews the concepts of x-axis, y-axis, origin and ordered pairs as he tries to find his treasure.

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Team Name: Flocabulary
Title: Probability (“Tell the Future”)
Hometown/Local PBS Station: Brooklyn, NY; WNET
The song explains the different ways of expressing probability: as a decimal, percentage or fraction between zero and one. It also walks students through calculating probability using the common examples of a coin flip and a dice toss. 

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Team Name: School Yourself, Inc: Zach Wissner-Gross, John Lee, Kenny Peng, Vivek Venkatachalam, and Michael Fountaine
Title: Beat the Odds WGBH's Studios, Boston
Hometown/Local PBS Station: Boston, MA; WGBH
"Beat the Odds" is a web-based game in which students are challenged to develop and use probability models. In Training Mode, students are presented with coins, dice, or cards, and are asked to compute the probability of a specific scenario. In Competition Mode, students are again presented with specific scenarios, and are asked to predict how many times (out of 100 trials) a specific result will occur. With these two gameplay modes, "Beat the Odds" was specifically designed to align with the 7th grade common core standards in statistics and probability.

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Team Name: DeMillo Design: Connie Demillo
Title: Geometry Terminology Animated
Hometown/Local PBS Station: St. Paul, MN; TPT
I made some animations about geometry terminology and put them to a beat. The idea is that if a student could watch them a few times, and play the movie in their head, they could better remember what the math terms mean.

Team Name: Vertical Learning Labs: David Ng
Title: Drawing Area
Hometown/Local PBS Station: Acton, MA; WGBH
In Drawing Area, students will find the area of a polygon by drawing it using rectangles and right triangles.

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Team Name: Beasley Games: Jen Schneider and Martin Schneider
Title: Knights of Pi
Hometown/Local PBS Station: Dresher, PA; WHYY
Knights of Pi is a two dimensional platform game that introduces, teaches, and provides practice for geometry concepts and Common Core State Standards through lessons and practice problems that are integrated into the platform setting (a kingdom filled with knights, dragons, castles, fireballs and more). Each level introduces a new geometry concept/standard via a tutorial set in the Knights of Pi kingdom and explained by game characters (knights and dragons). Progress reports are continually generated, and shared at the completion of each platform level to give users an idea on what they should work on.

Team Name: St. John Regional Catholic School: Lisa Cutchin and Thomas Nishimoto
Title: The Art of Math
Hometown/Local PBS Station: Fort Detrick, MD; MPT
How do you build a mobile that is balanced? You can try over and over, or you can use algebra build a balance mobile.

Team Name: RA: Andrew Przybylski and Rebecca Schmitt
Title: Make It Math
Hometown/Local PBS Station: Milwaukee, WI; Wisconsin Public Television
Make It Math is a tool where you solve various selectable types of math problems whose answers relate to a coordinate point. Once you answer all the problems correctly, the picture slowly becomes complete.

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Team Name: Boland: Clara and Boyd Boland
Title: Time (to) Travel
Hometown/Local PBS Station: Golden, CO; Rocky Mountain PBS
Here's something to think about. It takes time for stuff to get from one place to another. In this video we explore the time it takes for different things to travel from one place to another.

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Team Name: Mathalicious
Title: Tip Jar
Hometown/Local PBS Station: Charlottesville, VA; WVPT
When we go out to eat at a restaurant, it's customary to tip as a percent of the total bill. But is this fair? And what are some other ways we might pay waiters & waitresses?
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