Free math resource launches at NCTM

NCTM will launch Calculation Nation at the NCTM Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, April 23. Calculation Nation, developed as a free resource for the NCTM Illuminations project, is an online world of math strategy games.

Calculation Nation uses the power of the Web to let students challenge opponents anywhere in the world. Students use their “passport” to track their opponents' location. Links for parents and educators provide guidance about how to help kids uncover the math in the games.

“The games on Calculation Nation provide an entertaining environment where students can explore rich mathematics,” said Jim Rubillo, NCTM executive director. “Through these games, students are exposed to the same mathematical topics that they see in class, as well as those that are recommended in Curriculum Focal Points for Prekindergarten through Grade 8 Mathematics.”

NCTM’s Illuminations Web site offers Standards-based resources that improve the teaching and learning of mathematics for all students. Its materials illuminate the vision for school mathematics set forth in NCTM’s Principles and Standards for School Mathematics and Curriculum Focal Points. Illuminations is also part of, a comprehensive educational Web site funded by the Verizon Foundation to provide free educational resources to parents, teachers, and students.