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Mathematica Courseware Grants

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  • Subject: [mg263] Mathematica Courseware Grants
  • From: info (Wolfram Research)
  • Date: Thu, 01 Dec 1994 14:17:31 -0600

There are two new Mathematica grant programs for educators
developing Mathematica-based courseware and application
packages. The grants are designed specifically to support the
efforts of those who are developing Mathematica-based
materials that can be shared among professors and high school
teachers at academic institutions throughout the world.

University and high school educators and students make up
approximately half the worldwide community of Mathematica
users. By encouraging and supporting educators in their
efforts to explore new teaching methods using Mathematica,
Wolfram Research has always taken an active role in enriching
educational excellence within technical and scientific
disciplines. The creation of these new grant programs
exemplifies the company9s commitment to education.

High School Grant Program

The High School Grant Program is open to high school
mathematics teachers who plan to incorporate Mathematica into
the curriculum for classroom use. Mathematica has been used
successfully in many high schools to teach math courses at
various levels, including algebra, geometry, pre-calculus,
and calculus. Its use among high school students continues to
increase as more and more school districts focus on bringing
technology into the classroom. Grant recipients are expected
to use Mathematica and to supervise their students9 use of
the software during the 1995-96 school year. In addition to
creating interactive problems that students can complete
either in class or as homework assignments, recipients are
also encouraged to use Mathematica as a lecture aid to
illustrate examples. Wolfram Research will provide a free
three-day Mathematica training course, Mathematica High
School Version licenses for the grant recipient9s school
computer lab, and  technical and courseware development
support. The Mathematica High School Version is a
full-function version of the software that comes with free
technical support and a complete set of documentation,
including a copy of Mathematica: The Student Book, an
adaptation of Stephen Wolfram9s Mathematica: A System for
Doing Mathematics by Computer.

Visiting Scholar Grant Program 

The Visiting Scholar Grant Program is open to both high school
and university educators who are experienced with
Mathematica. Applicants must have already begun working on
Mathematica-based courseware or an application package. Grant
recipients each receive a copy of Mathematica for any
platform and are invited to spend up to eight weeks at
Wolfram Research9s corporate headquarters in Champaign,
Illinois during 1995 to work toward completing their
projects. Remuneration to cover travel and living expenses
will be provided by Wolfram Research. Advanced Mathematica
training, office space, and technical and project development
support will also be provided. Visiting scholars will have
the opportunity to consult directly with Wolfram Research
staff and to collaborate with other grant recipients during
those eight weeks.

Professors writing Mathematica application packages use the
system9s versatile and powerful programming language to
extend Mathematica by creating specialized functions for a
wide range of technical fields. Existing application packages
focus on engineering, signal processing, visualization,
geometry, control systems, optics, finance, statistics, and
many other areas. Many of these are available free of charge
from Wolfram Research, while others are distributed

Grant Application Guidelines Grant applications are available
from Wolfram Research, 100 Trade Center Drive, Champaign, IL
61820-7237, USA; phone: 217-398-0700; fax: 217-398-0747; or
email: grants at Completed applications are due by
February 15, 1995. Visiting Scholar Grant awards will be
announced on March 15, 1995, and High School Grant awards on
April 15, 1995. The grant review panel consists of Wolfram
Research management and members of the academic community.

Award recipients are expected to submit progress reports
regarding their project development during the 1995-1996
academic year. For recipients who are developing courseware,
reports should include results of student interaction with
Mathematica and with the courseware being developed. A final
project summary and the completed project (courseware
materials for a full course or an application package with
complete documentation) must be submitted by the end of the
1995-1996 academic year. Wolfram Research reserves the right
to distribute submitted material.

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