So Tess made the local paper this week, in large part to Ms. March, one of her teachers who hit upon a cool project when she started wondering what the division symbol was called. Turns out, after contacting MIT and Princeton, that there was no known name it. Perfect opportunity for a contest, which Tess entered and happily won. “Discula” is what she came up with based on the various roots which mean “division” and “mark.” (Yes, I know, it’s already a snail too.)

It makes me very happy on a number of levels, not the least of which is that the school voted Tess’s definition the best. (And that she gets her picture in the paper.) But I love that Tess is seeing her teacher be inquisitive and creative and ask her students to think and act in real ways for real purposes. I can assure you that coming up with a name and a definition for the division symbol that the teacher had been referring to as a “thingy” was not in the curriculum.

I also love that Ms. March called and asked if we could write a Wikipedia entry with the word. I told her that unfortunately, unless MIT or Princeton or someone out there gave their official, traditional, seal of approval, odds are the entry wouldn’t stand. But just that fact that we’re talking Wikipedia here is a step in the right direction.

Way to go Tessie…and Ms. March.

(Read the whole article if you like.)

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