Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Middle School Kids Don’t Like Math – Unless Celebrities Are Involved

WALTHAM, Mass. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A national survey reveals how middle school kids really feel about math, and the results are, well, kind of negative.

According to the survey from Raytheon Company, 84 percent of American middle school students would rather clean their rooms; eat their vegetables; take out the garbage; or go to the dentist than do their math homework.

On a positive note, the majority of students (81 percent) said math would be more interesting to them if they were shown how people in sports, music, and video games use math in their jobs.

So, Raytheon is attempting to make math “cool” by enlisting sports icons like Tony Hawk, Mia Hamm and BMX biker Dave Mirra; as well as a video game designer and Avril Lavigne’s tour manager for a new website called

Kids can win prizes and education grants by answering math questions such as this brain teaser related to Hawk’s skateboarding: You attempt a “caballerial” – a 360-degree turn while riding backward – but you only make it 1/4 of the way. How many degrees did you turn?

No word on if the celebrities can solve their own math problems.

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