For Computer Science Education Week we connected with Sri Ramakrishnan from Tynker, a program that teaches kids to code. Sri shares five thoughts about math and how it relates to computer programming.
Your children have a special mission. They must successfully navigate their way through a maze of lasers and be careful not to touch it. If they fail, they risk injury. If they succeed, they will be heroes!
Baking is a great way to get kids measuring and understanding fractions, but these cookies pack an extra math punch. I like to say that these fun cookies put the “fib” in Fibonacci based on their cool spiral pattern, that is close to, but not quite a famous spiral. They’ll also impress your guests, and they’re easy to make with young bakers.
Professor Jo Boaler, from Stanford University and CEO of youcubed.org, is on a mission much like Bedtime Math to help adults and kids get over math anxiety. She is a driving force behind math change in the United States and beyond. We’re pleased to present 6 of her tips to help parents make math fun.
Imagine an activity that keeps little hands busy for hours on end using two ingredients that you may already have in your home, school glue and liquid starch. Behold the amazing power of slime time! Kids love to get their hands dirty and they adore helping to make things they play with, so have them roll up their sleeves and start creating and exploring!
Ramesh Kumar thinks math makes a person cool and smart. It’s highly creative, full of fun, logical, and based on reasoning. Many people consider math as nothing more than rote, tedious number crunching, plugging numbers into a formula that they cannot memorize, but it can be beautiful once you understand it. The beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.
One of the best parts of Thanksgiving is that every family has its own traditions and treats. But most tables across the country sport a pile of mashed potatoes. The great thing about creamed spuds is that you and your kid can play around with them before smashing them, because it doesn’t matter if they get bruised –less work to do later!
As I was pondering Thanksgiving desserts beyond pie and beyond pi (because we should have more than 3 options for such a bountiful meal), I realized that with a few tweaks, I could turn a favorite Chanukah treat into a new Thanksgiving tradition. This is fitting given the unusual overlap between the two holidays. Thus, my edible marshmallow dreidels are now edible acorns. The faux acorns resemble spinning tops, so I suppose they can double for dreidels on this double holiday.
My kids have way too many stuffed animals. It seems like those fuzzy critters multiply overnight. Admittedly, I have a hard time turning away new little friends as most of them come with a special memory. Sometimes I practically get misty looking at my boys’ collection, but an instant later I snap out of it and see a pile of animals just sitting there and collecting dust. Can you relate? Don’t despair, put those cuddly creatures to work with a stuffed animal party at your house.
The countdown to the big Thanksgiving meal (or maybe the crazy day of shopping that follows) has begun! There’s actually a lot of math that takes place around this meal-driven holiday- how many guests are coming? How many chairs do we need to borrow in order for everyone to have a seat at the table and can you comfortably squeeze a dozen people around a table designed for eight? And of course that persistent question from the kids, when do we eat?