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November 9th, 2013 by Natalie Holliman & Dr. Vanessa Cleaver

Benjamin Banneker Week is Celebrated during ONE day within the week of November 9th each year and can be conducted in grades Pre-K through 12th grade in schools and in the community.

The focus of this day is on Mathematics and has two common ideas for activities but the hosts that the autonomy to choose varies avenues to celebrate:

1. Constructing a Creative Clock Face using mathematics to create the numbers 1-12-since Banneker created a wooden clock that held accurate time for over 40 years; or
2. Creating a Mathematical Poem similar to that of Banneker’s Famous Historic Writings.

This is a national event sponsored by the Benjamin Banneker Association, an affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). Since we began two years ago we have had several student and teacher winners from Little Rock, AR; Earl, AR; Forrest City, AR; Nashville, TN; Hartford, CT; and Washington D.C. It would be great to expand the number of students on the list of participants and/or winners in the national competition this year!

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