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!

1 comments:

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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