Today we had our launch party for Intersections, our school’s math-science journal. Last year a science teacher and I gathered interested students to produce this journal — and they worked tirelessly and did a spectacular job. This year, we have some new students and some old students who served as editors. Here they are giving their speech at the launch party (which was also a pizza-soda party).
More than anything, I have enjoyed watching the editors become independent leaders, organizing something involving so many people and moving parts, and presenting their creation to administrators, math teachers, science teachers, computer science teachers, and other students. I feel like I’m coming to understand the niche I play in my school: I find ways to make math exist outside of the formal curriculum for kids who want to get more involved. Intersections is one of those spaces — both for editors and for those students who submitted.
If you want to check out this year’s issue, please click on the cover photo (designed by a student) below and it will take you to the website.
(You can also click here.)
More than anything, if you have the time, just click around and see what cool things you discover!
Although it’s a lot of work, if you have any thoughts about starting something like this at your school, I highly recommend it.
(I didn’t see a way to contact them. I wanted to tell them about a typo I saw. In the volume of X-ray’s hole article they wrote: So we multiplied the circumference by pi…)
This is excellent! I am very impressed. What a great experience for all the students involved.
One article I disagree with is the Sum of All Natural Numbers. I do not agree with the first step (that 1 + -1 + 1 + -1 + 1 + -1 …. = 1/2), which then causes the rest of the proof to be inaccurate. Additionally, it does not make sense for a growing positive sequence to converge to a number that is smaller than any of the numbers in the sequence.
Maybe you knew that and the point of the page was to get the reader to think (like it did for me!).
Thanks for an awesome, inspiring publication. You and your students rock!
I totally agree with you… but below is what it is based on (a video, that was then written about in the NYTs). It’s fascinating and my kids were really into picking it apart and talking about where the assumptions were, and if physics and the real world is different than the ideal world of math.