Author: Yelena

Infinity Is Farther Than You Think

Really Big Numbers

What’s bigger, a fillion or a cometallion? These are the two big numbers my son and his friend made up one day. They couldn’t give me any more details other than “these are huge numbers” and “but smaller than a

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What Math Do You Have in Your House?

Last Saturday was crazy! The mini-Maker Faire NC was a large, noisy, bright and exciting event. 6000 people of all ages spent 8 hours 3D printing, sewing wearable electronics bowties, creating music with a few carrots and a MakeyMakey kit,

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Inspired by Calculus Math Circle – Week 5

Young calculus bodies of revolutions

If we don’t teach kids to do actual calculations, what do we teach them in our calculus circle? And can it even be called calculus? Wouldn’t it be better to wait a few years until kids get older?  These are

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Inspired by Calculus Math Circle – Week 4

Foam islands

Even if five-year-olds can play with advanced ideas, can they do the next steps toward formal math? Can they actually integrate and differentiate? Are they capable of sufficient level of abstract thinking? These are the questions we are focusing on

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