Crazy 8s Club: Glow-in-the-Dark Geometry

Today the Gordon-Nash began a new outreach program with the New Hampton Community School’s After School Program. For the rest of the school year, I will be working Tuesday afternoons with a group of upper elementary students, assisted by Mr. McCann. Together we will be facilitating fun and innovative math activities as part of a library program funded by the Bedtime Math Foundation. This club is called The Crazy 8s Club!
Our problem-solving meeting today involved building plane and solid shapes using styrofoam balls and glowsticks in a darkened classroom. As we worked, we looked for patterns and made predictions about numbers of balls we'd need or had used. 
Then we worked together to make a glow-in-the-dark series of repeating regular polygons, in this case, hexagons.
One fourth grader said he never knew math could be so much fun!


Anonymous said...

What wonderful opportunity for the students (and a nice bridge to the exciting things happening at the Gordon-Nash Library)!

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