# Author Archives: Mike Edgren

## Spartan Math

The number seven seeded Michigan State Spartans beat the Louisville Cardinals 76 to 70. They now join an elite group of three number one seeds in the Final Four. This certainly would qualify them as the Cinderella Story of the … Continue reading

## March Mathness Begins – Mascot Percentages!

A study released in the this month’s issue of Sports Illustrated magazine reveals that colleges with “bird” mascots have done better than those with animals, fantasy figures, or humans for mascots. Here is how it shapes up Mascot Winning Percentage … Continue reading

## Gold Medal winner speaks at lunch event during NCTM Richmond

Amy Boyd accepted the 2014 Ascend Math Gold Medal on behalf of Holabird STEM program at a ceremony that took place during the NCTM Regional Conference in Richmond, VA. Thirty two attendees listened as she described the challenges faced and the strategies … Continue reading

## The Math of Autumn Equinox

Today, is the first day of autumn (the autumnal equinox) – the time at which the Earth reaches a point in its orbit known as the equinox, where the sun shines directly on the equator, favoring neither the Northern nor … Continue reading

## How fast is Mo’Ne’s fastball? Do the math!

Pennsylvania’s Taney Dragons are one win away from the U.S. Little League Championship game in Williamsport. Their star pitcher is 13-year-old phenom Mo’Ne Davis who threw 43 pitches in her last outing and struck out 6 batters. Mo’Ne’s fastball has … Continue reading

## Sand Castle Math

This problem suggested by one of our friends in Wisconsin. Roberto and his friends built a five story castle in the sand complete with moat. Each story of the castle was 10 inches high. They wanted to put a flag … Continue reading

## Use math to catch more fish

It can take a lot of patience to catch fish. Sometimes you have to put the bait right in front of them. Figure this problem out. The fish are 21 feet deep. Your bait will sink at the rate of … Continue reading

## STEM Garden Riddle

Here is a math and science problem combined: In my garden I found 2 spiders, 3 honeybees and 1 earthworm. How many legs were there in all? For help, you may want to learn more about the difference between insects and … Continue reading

## Students say the darndest things about old technology

“Where’s the mouse?” “How do you turn it on?” “Where are all the apps?” If you’ve been on this planet as long as I have you may remember Kids Say the Darndest Things hosted first by Art Linkletter and later Bill Cosby. … Continue reading