This quarter, I’m letting kids — totally optionally — do a more in depth Explore Math. This time it isn’t getting a “taste” of a bunch of little things, but rather it’s explore one thing in detail. Anything math related that kids are interested.
Today and yesterday, I had three different meetings with a few different kids who wanted to discuss options. These conversations revolved around:
- Park Effects on baseball batters (sports statistics)
- Understanding why a particular algorithm creates the math art pictures it does
- The Goldbach Conjecture and the Collatz Conjecture
- Time dilation (and time travel)
- How restaurants do their finances and stay in business
Super fun conversations, with kids who just want to learn stuff that they’re fascinated by. For example, the kid who wanted to talk about the Goldbach conjecture said that he wanted to work on proving the Goldbach conjecture (“I will not give up!” he wrote) — and the reason he wanted to do this is because he always had trouble with prime numbers and understanding them. Melting! MELTING!
Previous posts about Explore Math:
The site that launched Explore Math (mini explorations) last quarter for my kids: