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What is mathematics? Some say the mathematics is what we do in class at school or maybe what mathematicians do but mathematics is much more than that!

A mathematician named Alan Bishop has said that mathematics is counting, measuring, and locating. When you design, explain or play with counting, measuring or locating, you are doing math. This is common to all cultures. If you think of mathematics in this way, you might begin to see it all around you. Be a mathematician and explore measuring!

Measuring is about comparing and ordering things that are important. All cultures recognize the importance of certain things; but, they do not necessarily value the same things to the same extent. All cultures use things as measuring instruments with associated units or ‘measure-words’.

Measuring develops the language of quantifiers, units, and measurement systems. For your contest entry, here are some other measuring ideas that you might choose to explore:
  • comparing (more than, less than, heaviest, longer, faster, slowest etc.)
  • ordering (1st, 2nd, 3rd etc.)
  • length
  • area
  • volume
  • time
  • temperature
  • weight
  • development of units - conventional, standard, metric system
  • non-standard units
  • measuring instruments
  • estimation
  • approximation
  • error
  • position

Get creative!

Explore measuring and tell me about it through posters, presentations, videos, art projects, or anyway you can think of to “Show Me Your Math!.”


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