Creating a Math Culture – one cookie at a time
Meet Kara Kucharski. Kara is a high school senior at Liberty Junior Senior High School in Liberty Pennsylvania. Kara loves math, has a passion for teaching and is excited to attend Edinboro University of Pennsylvania next year majoring in Secondary Education Mathematics. Kara aspires to become a Math Teacher, and wanted to support Explorations in Math as part of her Senior Project!
So on a crisp October day, Kara took to her front lawn and held a bake sale to raise money to support math education. Her and her family baked up a large amount of goodies and Kara raised over $200 for Explorations in Math’s programs!
We’d like to thank Kara for her commitment to her education, our mission, and to the Math Movement. Kara, you are going to make an amazing Math Teacher and we’re so grateful of your support of Explorations in Math!
MathFest 2011 - A record-shattering year!
For the 6th year in a row, Explorations in Math hosted MathFest in Seattle at the Rainier Community Center. Seattle MathFest 2011 hosted a record number of attendees - over 1,200 participants came out to play games and celebrate the Math Movement!
Congratulations to our Seattle MathFest 2011 Spirit Award Winner:
John Muir Elementary and Principal Awnie Thompson
And special recognition to our 2nd place runner-up:
Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary and Principal Cothron McMillian
The success of MathFest would not have been possible without our incredible volunteers and generous sponsors. Very special thanks to the 100+ volunteers who dedicated their evening to Explorations in math!
Thank you to our MathFest 2011 Sponsors:
The Boeing Company | Microsoft | Accenture
Hawkeye Investments | Seattle Works
HomeSight | InfoSpace | AIAA | SDK Bridge
Perfect Copy and Print | Pepsi | Seattle Bagel Bakery
Starbucks | Zeeks Pizza | Uwijimaya
Check out our event photos and learn more by clicking here.
Mark your calendars! Our 5th annual fundraising dinner, Make a Move for Math, will be held on Friday, February 3, 2012 at Georgetown Ballroom! We’re anticipating another incredible event this year at a great new location. Learn more about the event and how you can sign up to be a Math Champion by clicking here!
The countdown to MathFest has officially begun – in just 3 weeks; prepare yourself for math like you’ve never seen it before. Imagine math on steroids – 2 gyms full of interactive and engaging math games, a tot area for the little ones, a carnival inspired dinner and terrific raffle prizes – something for everyone! Take a peek at our MathFest music video to catch a glimpse of the math madness!
Click here to learn more and register your family today. Interested in volunteering at MathFest? Click here to sign up! A very special thanks to our MathFest sponsors:
Bring some fun math to your Halloween celebrations this year by trying out some of the activities below:
Math Pumpkin Contest - during the month of October, send us your best Math-Inspired Pumpkin Carving via our Facebook page! Our Mathematicians will pick a winner on October 31st. First place gets a free Math Game!
Pumpkin Seed Puzzler - How many seeds could your pumpkin hold? Here’s a fun fall math lesson to strengthen data analysis skills and scientific inquiry. Print it out and use it today!
Skittles Data Gathering Activity - What color most frequently occurs in a bag of Skittles? Print out the activity here.
Enjoy and contact us with some of your favorite Halloween math activities!
We’re excited to announce that Nate Corwin is our new Community Programs Manager. Nate has enjoyed substitute teaching in the Shoreline and Edmonds school districts over the last 12 years and was one of the first to join the Explorations in Math team in 2004. He has taught various programs at Explorations in Math for the past seven years, including afterschool math clubs, family math nights, summer math camps, MathWays workshops and has worked as a Mathematician in Residence.
Nate will now be transitioning to a new role as Community Programs Manager. He looks forward to all of the upcoming community program opportunities such as a partnership with the Pacific Science Center, our Seattle and Eastside MathFest celebrations, as well as community family math nights, summer camps and MathWays workshops. Nate is excited about his new role and is dedicated to developing and expanding math culture throughout our schools and communities.
Special Thanks to the Microsoft Employee Giving Program!
Thanks to the generosity of the Microsoft Employee Giving Program, Explorations in Math received over $8,000 during the 2010/11 academic year in support of our programs. These donations allowed us to continue offering high quality math programs to our 27 partner schools and supported our community MathWays workshops. You can read more about our incredible year here. These accomplishments would not have been possible without this support – thank you Microsoft Employee Giving Program participants!! We look forward to staying connected in the exciting year ahead!
Mark your calendars for the biggest math bash of the year on November 3rd – Seattle MathFest 2011! This is a one-of-a-kind event where first through fifth graders and their siblings venture from game to game – playing in a fully engaging math environment. While playing, students build their confidence in and enthusiasm for math, and see that the community supports their achievements. Special thanks to our MathFest Sponsors: The Boeing Company, Accenture, Infospace and HomeSight. Click here to register. To volunteer at MathFest, e-mail email@example.com, visit our MathFest volunteer Web page, or call (206) 325-0774.
Contact Megan Wildenradt for information on becoming a MathFest sponsor.
Thank you to Bank of America!
And it was a great day for a party – today we also started the build out on our supplemental kits for our partner schools for the upcoming year. It’s community partners like Bank of America that make it possible to do the work that we do, provide these materials, and to change beliefs, behaviors and attitudes about math. We’d like to sincerely thank Bank of America for their continued partnership as we unleash the Math Movement in Puget Sound!
Last week we hosted Art & Architecture Summer Math Camp at the Microsoft Store in Bellevue Square. Kids had a blast with FUN math and finished the week with a build out of their own city. There was a hot debate over naming the city – Geo Town or Hexagon Haven? Geo Town won – check out our video for some highlights.
Some of our favorite quotes from the week include:
“When he was in first grade [my son] had a math teacher who convinced him he was not good at math. He picked things up quickly but he hated having the repetition, and not being able to work with the ideas and things. So this week – this camp – he’s absolutely loved it! He’s had so much fun. As soon as he gets home he starts working on whatever it was he did at camp. And he’s just had a blast. He has a few math books at home, and he actually took one out the other day and started working on it. So he’s really jazzed! “
-Math Camp Parent