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December 12, 2012

Timberlane celebrates 12-12-12

Timberlane students celebrate 12-12-12 with cubes

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Other activities in the math lab included sudoku, dice games such as Yahtzee, and guessing the number of Starburst candies in a jar.

Mascioli recruited fellow math teachers to take part in the fun. Students made cubes out of paper, learned the different ways cubes can be folded and reviewed cubic numbers.

Math students weren’t the only ones going cube crazy. Family and consumer science teacher Michele Manti’s students made fruit baskets for the faculty and cut each fruit into small cubic pieces.

“Once I heard about this, I knew we had to get involved,” Manti said. “It was definitely easy enough and all the teachers got a kick out of it.”

The Math Honor Society has celebrated other significant days in the past. Every March 14, the students celebrate Pi Day by baking pies and selling them to raise money for math scholarships. Mascioli likes to involve dates in her lessons and will often give her students math problems related to the date.

“We’re reaching into the student body and getting kids excited for mathematics,” Mascioli said. “Whether it’s for a week, a day or a moment, it’s a way to promote the math lab and let the kids know they can get help if they need it.”

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