I recently found out about MathMovesU as web site devoted to mathematics. Specifically someone told me about the Mission to Mars contest they are running in conjunction with the upcoming Mars Day.

July 20 is Mars Day at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and MathMovesU has released an edu-game to celebrate the event called the MathMovesU Mission to Mars. In the game, players will encounter and learn about different landmarks on Mars by completing Mars related math problems.

Competitors who get to Mars will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a wide range of prizes, from a family trip to Washington D.C. to celebrate Mars Day with a VIP tour of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum to an acre of land on Mars, a Sony PS2 and more!

I always appreciated the connection between math and other sciences but one of the cool things about this web site is how it makes connections to celebrities in many fields, including the arts and sports, to mathematics. MathMovesU is sponsored by Raytheon where they believe that tomorrow’s engineers and technologists need to be excited by and interested in math today. I couldn’t agree more!

How cool is it that the Math Moves U game is grounded in solving real-world (well, outer space actually) problems from the sciences? I especially like that this is a contest where kids could win something out of it.

I’m totally sharing this with my 10 year-old daughter! If only I had students this time of year, I’d have them working on it, too.

I received an announcement from the people at MathMovesU (I first wrote about them in June) that they

I received an announcement from the people at MathMovesU (I first wrote about them in June) that they