# math

In the United States, the number of college students pursuing degrees in math and science fields lags well behind dozens of industrialized countries. The numbers are even smaller for women and people of color. But one program is using robotics as a way to inspire interest young people while they’re still in high school. NewsHour Special Correspondent Lynn Sherr reports. Continue reading

A male astronomer’s offhand comment during an interview prompted a social media outcry over the weekend when female scientists around the world took to Twitter using the hashtag #GirlsWithToys. Continue reading

Thousands of students are opting out of new standardized tests aligned to the Common Core standards, defying the latest attempt by states to improve academic performance. Continue reading

Pi Day is a holiday for math (and pie) enthusiasts to celebrate their love of numbers. And this year marks a once-in-a-century occurrence. Saturday at 9:26:53 a.m. the date and time will read 3.14.15 9:26:53. That’s 10 digits of pi. Continue reading

Researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine found that when kids begin processing mental math, the brain reorganizes itself to use its short-term memory center, the hippocampus. Continue reading

Maryam Mirzakhani, a mathematics professor at Stanford University in California, is the first woman to receive the Fields Medal — considered the “Nobel Prize” of mathematics — since the award was established in 1936. Continue reading

Growing strawberries takes water, sunshine, soil…and math. Mathematicians are helping farmers in the Parajo Valley grow more berries using less water with the power of numbers. Continue reading

Because it is an irrational number, pi is infinite and never falls into a repeating pattern. Despite its use in mathematics for centuries, research is still being done on pi to determine whether the numbers repeat in a certain frequency. While calculating a few digits of pi can be done by hand, its calculation into the millions is used as a performance test for computers. So far, supercomputers have been able to compute pi to 12 trillion digits. Chances are, your birthday combination is in there somewhere. Continue reading

For math geeks, March 14 is a delicious holiday that celebrates one famous number — pi or approximately 3.14. The mathematical constant, which is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, can be used to find the area or circumference of a circle — or of that pie you’re hopefully enjoying right now. Continue reading

The 2012 Program for International Student Assessment are out, revealing how more than 60 countries compare with one another in reading, math and science. Continue reading