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On September 8th at 2 PM Eastern time, Dr. Maria Droujkova will present online at one of the largest parenting and homeschool conferences. HECOA is inclusive of different kinds of families; read descriptions to see what does and does not fit with your views. To join, enter your name and email at the summit page: http://hecoa.com/nbts-speakers-and-workshops
Mark your calendars! Natural Math will be one of more than 100 local organizations and groups hosting activities at BugFest, the popular annual event at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh. More info: http://bugfest.org/index.html
Bring your family to play with all the bugs, design insect fractals, and explore bridges between mathematics, arts, and sciences.
Here we are making origami butterflies at BugFest 2014:
Playing with math jokes at BugFest 2013: “Why did the ant cross the Mobius strip? To get to the same side!”
On Saturday, September 26, 10 AM to noon, visit downtown Cary, NC! Cary Visual Art and Natural Math welcome families with children of all ages for a fun and thoughtful scavenger hunt, observing the sculptures on exhibit as part of our Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition. Explore physical and virtual modeling techniques, enjoy the sculptures, and take guided tours.
Here is one of our Look and Make mini-posters with children’s creations at the Sculpture Scavenger Hunt 2014:
RSVP to email@example.com to participate in the event.
Several of our activities and principles were featured in the Noodle.com article Your Kids Will Love Doing Math This Summer (If You Do Too) by AK Whitney. From the article:
There’s no question that kids can be a tough audience and will quickly catch on to your attempts to educate them during their precious vacation. So don’t. Or at least, don’t seem like you are. Try the time-tested Socratic method. Instead of lecturing them, ask a question about the activity you are doing to encourage them to think about math.
“Ask, don’t show or tell,” Droujkova says.
You’ll be surprised to find that once you’ve gotten out of that show-and-tell mode, you’re more comfortable noticing how much math is out there, whether you’re shopping, planning a trip, or trying to stay on schedule.
Do you want to volunteer at Natural Math events, online or in the Research Triangle, North Carolina, and work with us to make math adventures happen? Write us at firstname.lastname@example.org to talk! Children and grown-ups are welcome.
Dr. Maria Droujkova and the Natural Math crew