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Numbers game: America's struggle to make math fun

Catherine Berent, 9, rides a square wheeled tricycle in the Math Midway exhibit at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery in Dayton, Ohio, April 10, 2012. Embarrassed by the dismal performance of U.S. students on international math exams, entrepreneurs and educators are launching drives to make math fun, engaging, and exciting. REUTERS/Skip Peterson

Catherine Berent, 9, rides a square wheeled tricycle in the Math Midway exhibit at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery in Dayton, Ohio, April 10, 2012. Embarrassed by the dismal performance of U.S. students on international math exams, entrepreneurs...more

Catherine Berent, 9, rides a square wheeled tricycle in the Math Midway exhibit at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery in Dayton, Ohio, April 10, 2012. Embarrassed by the dismal performance of U.S. students on international math exams, entrepreneurs and educators are launching drives to make math fun, engaging, and exciting. REUTERS/Skip Peterson
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Caroline Hunt, 8, places a weight in position to balance a puzzle in the Math Midway exhibit at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery in Dayton, Ohio, April 10, 2012. Embarrassed by the dismal performance of U.S. students on international math exams, entrepreneurs and educators are launching drives to make math fun, engaging, and exciting. REUTERS/Skip Peterson

Caroline Hunt, 8, places a weight in position to balance a puzzle in the Math Midway exhibit at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery in Dayton, Ohio, April 10, 2012. Embarrassed by the dismal performance of U.S. students on international math exams,...more

Caroline Hunt, 8, places a weight in position to balance a puzzle in the Math Midway exhibit at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery in Dayton, Ohio, April 10, 2012. Embarrassed by the dismal performance of U.S. students on international math exams, entrepreneurs and educators are launching drives to make math fun, engaging, and exciting. REUTERS/Skip Peterson
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Morgan Timler, 6, is reflected in a mirror in the Math Midway exhibit at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery in Dayton, Ohio, April 10, 2012. REUTERS/Skip Peterson

Morgan Timler, 6, is reflected in a mirror in the Math Midway exhibit at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery in Dayton, Ohio, April 10, 2012. REUTERS/Skip Peterson

Morgan Timler, 6, is reflected in a mirror in the Math Midway exhibit at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery in Dayton, Ohio, April 10, 2012. REUTERS/Skip Peterson
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