The Science of Crowd Counting & 3 Ways to Teach Kids Estimation

Patricia introduces the science of counting crowds and methods to show kids how to estimate large numbers.

Math: All You Need Is Games

When math is just a part of the fun, learning is fun too!

Kids Won’t Shy Away From Geometry in ‘Land of Venn’ App

Is math on your list of 4-letter words? Do you miss the point in geometry? Then travel to the Land of Venn Geometric Defense!

Bach's Mobius Strip

Sometimes when artists visualize music, it detracts from the piece (scenes from Fantasia come to mind…), but this little animation by Jos Leys shows just how brilliant Bach can be.

Truncated Icosahedron: Maker Faire NYC Most Memorable for Kids

While attending World Maker Faire in New York earlier this month, I was surrounded by hundreds of DIY projects that had been dreamt up by hackers and makers around the world. The projects were magnificent! From the moment I walked through the gates for set-up on Friday till we had to leave to drive home on Sunday, there was one display that I was magnetized to. From afar it imply looked like a large wooden sculpture of an soccer ball. I had to know more. I immediately went up and started taking pictures, it was massive and very impressive. The structure was a truncated icosahedron and I hadn’t even seen the best part of the sculpture at that point. Rob Marshall, owner of Hamlet Construction, had turned this ancient design into what he calls the “Happy Fun Ball.”

Don’t Miss Danica McKellar’s Latest Math Book, Girls Get Curves

Geometry was one of my favorite kinds of math. I loved learning how shapes worked, and even memorizing theorems and postulates. I especially enjoyed the challenge of doing geometric proofs. I looked at them like logic puzzles, forcing me to find a way from point A to point B using only the tools I knew up to that point. But I realize that I’m one of the lucky ones, girls who naturally like math, in and of itself. Not all girls are that lucky, however, and Danica McKellar writes books for those girls.

Danica McKellar Interviewed on NPR’s Science Friday

Yesterday, geeky mom Danica McKellar was interviewed on NPR about her new book, Girls Get Curves: Geometry Takes Shape, her latest effort about teaching math to (especially) teenage girls. This book is geared toward, surprise, geometry.

Geek Celebrates Hanukkah With Science: Day Eight

It’s been another wonderful science-driven holiday season! We’ve experimented with balloons that blast-off, nearly unsinkable dinghies, delicious math candies, stackable liquids, desiccated dancers, split light, and put a minature Jaques Cousteau in a bottle. Tonight we’re going to give Hanukkah a fine send-off with another trick of the light.   I got the idea for […]