Mathnasium of Olympia Shares Six Fun Math Holidays

first_imgFacebook14Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Jennifer Chevalier for Mathnasium of OlympiaAt Mathnasium of Olympia, we understand that math has an unfair reputation for being a bit dull. We know that those who love math know it can be just as fascinating as any other subject out there, and our students who attend our tutoring sessions and other programs have realized how fun math can be! After years of sitting in a “boring” math class, many students have just lost interest in learning about it, but all is not lost! There are ways to rediscover its beguiling charm.Arianna, a student, and Alec, a staff memeber, work on math together while playing a game at Mathnaisum of Olympia. Photo credit: MathnasiumThere was a time when math wasn’t frustrating. Do you remember first grade? Learning to add was fun, especially when candy was used to show how groups can be combined. To revive that child-like excitement of learning math, Mathnasium of Olympia celebrates historic mathematical truths and the people who discovered them. Math classes around the world set aside days to recognize these achievements. These fun holidays can get even the most reluctant of individuals to enjoy celebrating some of the fundamentals of math.e Day, February 7. While not as well-known as Pi, e is also an irrational number that occurs naturally in mathematics. Discovered by a number of mathematicians, it’s used to solve exponential and logarithmic functions. The rough numerical equivalent of e is 2.7, making the logical day to celebrate it February 7th. As to how you celebrate e Day, well, that’s up to you. You can only eat foods that start with e, read the poetry of E.E. Cummings, watch the E! Network or just do some fun math related to e.World Maths Day, March 1. To Americans, the plural looks funny, but it is named this way for the true global nature of the holiday.  Its aim is to get people excited about math and interested in math-related jobs or fields of study. Celebrate by playing math games!Pi Day is appropriately held on 3.14 and is often celebrated with some real pie as well as fun math problems involving the number. Photo courtesy: MathnasiumPi Day, March 14. This holiday recognizes the mathematical constant of Pi, often rounded to 3.14, the date of the holiday! Pi can be celebrated by enjoying the wonders of Pi through math, watching the classic Darren Aronofsky movie Pi, eating some actual pie, or viewing some Pi-inspired art.Math 2.0 Day, July 8. This holiday celebrates the intersection of math and technology. Without math, we wouldn’t have much of the technology in our world like cars, computers, tv, or even buildings! It was created to bring awareness to the importance of math literacy and education. On July 8th, spend your day using math programs, attending tech lectures and appreciating the subject on the web.Mole Day, October 23. Mole Day celebrates Avagadro’s number (6.02×1023). This number is a basic unit of measurement in chemistry. The holiday is celebrated on October 23rd from 6:02 a.m. to 6:02 p.m. It is a celebration of puns! Use mole sauce, play whack-a-mole, and practice your mole-related jokes. The National Mole Day Foundation issues themes for each year. They haven’t yet released the 2018 theme, but the theme for 2017 was was “The MOLE-vengers.” It has also been “May the MOLES be with You,” “Molar Eclipse,” “Ride the Molercoaster,” and “Remember the Alamole.”Fibonacci Sequence Day, November 23. This is a math holiday that scientists and artists should celebrate. The Fibonacci Sequence is a sequence of numbers that creates a spiral. The beginning of the sequence is 1, 1, 2, 3 which is why it’s celebrated November 23. It is frequently found in nature where spirals exist (pine cone or sunflower). Celebrate by going to the beach to collect shells, taking a walk in the forest and spot spirals in nature, drawing a spiral, making a mural, or eating chocolate swirl ice cream.About the AuthorJennifer Chevalier has been an educator for almost 30 years.  She is the owner of Mathnasium of Olympia, a math learning and tutoring center, where they teach students the math they don’t know, working with students of all ages to help them catch up, keep up and get ahead.last_img read more

Heading to School on Two Wheels

first_imgBy John BurtonIn Fair Haven, riding bikes is a preferred mode of travel FAIR HAVEN – The borough is a biking town.All the kids are doing it. Well, maybe not all the kids, but a considerably large number of the borough’s younger population who attend borough schools regularly ride their bikes there and home.Gabby and Joseph Gotch ride their bikes to school most days, like many Fair Haven children.“It’s hundreds of kids,” estimated Police Corporal John Waltz, who oversees the bicycle safety program the police department sponsors in conjunction with the schools. “It’s only a handful that don’t.”Bennett Coleman, president of the district’s PTA, estimated that about half of the nearly 700 students attend­ing the district’s Viola L. Sickles and Knollwood schools ride their bikes to school, depending on the weather.Coleman, who ­has kids in grades 1, 2 and 6, said she is comfortable letting them ride to and from school because of the role educators, police, crossing guards and fellow parents have played in keeping the children safe.“Everyone is so supportive,” she said.Along with that input, Coleman says, “We practice, practice, practice,” to make sure the kids are aware of what they should and shouldn’t be doing on their bikes.Allowing their children to easily get around Fair Haven, a suburban community of approximately 6,121 residents and roughly 2 square miles, is what residents like about living in a bike-friendly town, many said.“I’m kind of a helicopter mom,” Coleman said, but “I don’t have any reservations.”“This is a regular part of Fair Haven,” said Jeff White, a parent of two daughters, fifth- and sixth-graders who also ride bikes to school.Knollwood School students head home at the corner of Hance Road and Third Street after school in Fair Haven.“You get to the Knollwood School and look at the parking lot by the school, no lie, they must have 150 bikes there,” he said.Like other parents, he feels very comfortable about letting his children go back and forth on bikes.“The No. 1 reason that I think everyone is OK with it is that drivers around here are accustomed to it,” he said.The Whites’ home is on River Road, a busy thoroughfare running east-west through the community, which is used by commercial vehicles. White acknowledged there are times when traffic is heavy and one or both of his daughters need to wait quite a while before being able to cross the street. But the key is proper and regular education on what to look out for, he said. “I always let them know, they can’t make any assumptions. When in doubt, stop.“We have the best crossing guards. The kids love ’em and the parents love ’em,” said White, adding that the crossing guards seem to know all the kids by name.“I have to say, it’s one thing I really don’t worry about,” said Laura Nolan, a Highland Avenue mother of four, ages 7 to 11.“My kids bike every day, rain or shine. It’s easier than driving them there.“I think it’s good for them. It’s a social thing,” as the children regularly go in groups of friends, Nolan said.“My concern is the afterschool, when traffic picks up,” especially on some of the busier streets, like River, Ridge and Fair Haven roads, said Jennie Lucci, another River Road resident.“They need to learn safety – and they’re learning it,” said Lucci, who has three children, ages 6, 9 and 13.The school district has taken appropriate steps to address safety considerations, Coleman and Waltz each said.Both schools conduct two days of bike safety instruction at the beginning of each school year. The extensive training shows students the proper way to wear helmets – and stresses they must always wear them – what to watch out for and when it’s safe and not to proceed, and all stay to the right, Waltz said.Bikes fill the racks at Knollwood School in Fair Haven.The district also staggers its dismissal times, allowing students with bikes to leave first, followed by those students who walk. Students who are picked up by parents in cars leave the building last. Closing Third Street to all but local residents in the morning and afternoon on school days also helps contribute to a safe environment for those on two wheels, Waltz and others said.There have been no serious injuries involving children on bikes here, as far as Waltz could remember. “Maybe a couple of scraped knees,” but nothing worse than that, he said.Last Saturday, the PTA conducted its first bike rodeo in conjunction with the police and with the support of Meridian Health System, which operates Riverview Medical Center, Red Bank.The goal of the event, held on Willow Street, across from Sickles school, “is to promote bicycle safety for families,” Coleman said.Children were instructed about how to cross streets, be cautious of driveways and always be alert – as should drivers, Coleman said. “It’s about knowing where you’re going.”“I try to remind them to look both ways,” said Erin Gotch of Fair Haven Road. “They’re going to want to continue to ride their bikes, so they’ll listen to the rules.”Gotch’s children, Joseph, 9, who attends Knollwood, and Gabby, 8, a Sickles student, both said they want to continue riding.“It makes me feel happy,” Joseph said.“I like being outside. I like riding my bike,” Gabby added.Joseph regularly rides with his five friends while his sister usually rides to and from school alone.One of the best parts about it for Joseph is “You don’t have to wait for your parents to get ready,” to take you.The most important thing about it for Gabby? “It let’s you be free,” she said.Mayor Benjamin Lucarelli, who is a bicycling enthusiast in his own right, said, “It’s great. It keeps the kids active.”To help encourage everyone to take bikes, instead of immediately hopping in the car, plans are in the works to establish bike lanes through some of the borough’s main streets, Lucarelli said.last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 12, 2015)–On a warm but picturesque morning at Santa Anita, Triple Crown Champion American Pharoah galloped 1 ¼ miles as trainer Bob Baffert also overlooked serious drills from reigning Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Bayern and this year’s Santa Anita Derby victor, Dortmund.Zayat Stables’ American Pharoah, idle since running a gallant second in the Grade I Travers Stakes at Saratoga Aug. 29, went to the main track for the third consecutive day as he backtracked with regular exercise rider George Alvarez to the three furlong pole and then engaged in a strong mile and a quarter gallop at 6:40 a.m.American Pharoah Link: Shah’s Dortmund, third in the Kentucky Derby and idle since running fourth in the Preakness May 16, came on the track shortly before 7 a.m. and broke off 2 ½ lengths behind stablemate Holiday Camp at the half mile pole and registered an impressive half mile work in 47 flat under Martin Garcia, according to Baffert.  (He was given an official work time of 59.20 for five furlongs).  Baffert also  had the chestnut colt by Big Brown galloping out five panels in 59.60 and six furlongs in 1:12.60.Dortmund Link:’s Bayern, who is pointing for the Grade I Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita on Sept. 26, worked immediately following the main track renovation at 6:30, breaking off on his own with Garcia up from the 6 ½ furlong pole and getting six furlongs on Baffert’s watch in 1:11.60.  (Bayern was given an official work time of 1:36.80 for one mile).  Baffert had had him galloping out seven furlongs in 1:24.20 and one mile in 1:37.20.Winless in four starts since last year’s gate to wire triumph in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita, Bayern comes off a distant ninth place run behind Beholder in the Grade I Pacific Classic on Aug. 22, but Baffert is encouraged by what he’s seen from him since returning to The Great Race Place earlier in the week.“He’s enjoying the surface here at Santa Anita,” Baffert told Xpressbet’s Millie Ball.Bayern Link: Farms’ two-time Eclipse Award Champion Beholder walked trainer Richard Mandella’s shedrow for 45 minutes shortly after sunrise.  The 5-year-old Henny Hughes mare, who worked an eye-catching half mile yesterday in 49 seconds breezing, with Gary Stevens up,  appears  to have bounced out of her second post-Pacific Classic drill in good order, as she grazed outdoors for an additional 20 minutes following her scheduled walk under cover.  With Santa Anita’s Grade I Zenyatta Stakes on Sept. 26 in her immediate sights, Beholder will likely face American Pharoah and other top males in what shapes up as an epic showdown in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland Oct. 31.Beholder Link: MULTIPLE ECLIPSE CHAMPION MARE BEHOLDER WALKS SHEDROW FOR MANDELLAlast_img read more

Asiad: Narang wins silver, Bindra disappoints in 10m air rifle event

first_imgAce shooter Gagan Narang picked up his and India’s second medal at the Asian Games by netting the silver in the 10m air rifle individual event but Olympic champion Abhinav Bindra disappointed by failing to even qualify for the finals on Saturday.Narang could not better the world record of 703.5 that he holds and shot a score of 700.7 (597+103.7) to settle for silver behind China’s Qinan Zhu (598+104).Korean Kiwon Kim (596+104) took the bronze medal.Narang, who won three bronze medals in Doha Games four years ago, was the lone Indian to qualify for the event after Bindra and Sanjeev Rajput failed to make the cut in the qualifying shoot-off.With a regulation qualifying score of 593, Bindra and Rajput were tied with Kyrgyzstan’s Ruslan Ismailov and Japan’s Toshikazu Yamashita but the Indian duo fell by the wayside after a shoot-off.Bindra and Rajput’s shoot-off tally of 50.6 and 51.8 respectively was not good enough against Ismailov (52) and Yamashita (51.9).With PTI inputslast_img read more

Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova advance in straight sets at Australian Open

first_imgIs Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Maria Sharapova has the second-best record among active women’s players in first-round matches at the majors, and she gave an illustration of why that’s the case with a ruthless 6-0, 6-0 win over Harriet Dart.The 2008 Australian Open champion got play started on Rod Laver Arena and needed only 63 minutes to advance.In her 15th trip to Melbourne Park and her 55th Grand Slam tournament, she’s acutely aware of the toll that the sun and long early matches can have on a player’s title ambitions, so she gets straight to business.The 22-year-old Dart, playing in the main draw of a major for only the second time after getting a wildcard to play last year at Wimbledon, only got a look at one break point in the match — when Sharapova served a double-fault in the second set. She got seven of her 29 points from Sharapova’s double-faults.Sharapova said she was still feeling pain in her right shoulder despite sitting out the end of last season after the U.S. Open.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño High five The 17-time major winner hasn’t played since retiring from his semifinal at the U.S. Open because of a knee injury, and then had surgery on his right ankle in November. He withdrew from a warm-up tournament in Brisbane in the first week of the season because of a muscle strain in his thigh.“Not easy to come back after a lot of months of competition, especially against a player playing super aggressive every shot,” Nadal said. “It’s very difficult to start after an injury — I know it very well. It’s very special to be back.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsWearing a sleeveless top, he showed no signs of any issues against Duckworth. His only hiccup came when he served for the match in the ninth game of the third set and was broken at love. He returned the favor very quickly, though, to seal his spot in the second round.Nadal has only lost twice in the first round at Grand Slams — to Steve Darcis at 2013 Wimbledon, and to Fernando Verdasco here in 2016 — and is aiming to be the first man in the Open era two win all four majors at least twice. View comments SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stung by a first-round loss at Wimbledon last year, Sharapova said she couldn’t afford to feel any empathy for Dart.“I mean, there is no time for that, I’m sorry to say … when you’re playing the first round of a Grand Slam,” she said. “I think I was just focused on not having a letdown.“I think it’s very easy to be in a position where things are flowing, you know, you’re doing all the right things, she’s making a few errors, you’re comfortable, easy to get complacent, and, you know, complacency is not great. I was glad that I did the right things from the beginning till the end.”Up next for Sharapova is Rebecca Peterson, who beat Sorana Cirstea, 6-4, 6-1.Also advancing were 2017 U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens, No. 11 Aryna Sabalenka, No. 19 Caroline Garcia, No. 29 Donna Vekic and No. 31 Petra Martic.Danielle Collins advanced to the second round of a major for the first time following a 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4 win over No. 14-seeded Julia Goerges, who won the title in Auckland to start the season.Katie Boulter earned the distinction of winning the first 10-point tiebreaker under the Australian Open’s new system for deciding sets.Boulter beat Ekaterina Makarova 6-0, 4-6, 7-6 (6), including 10-6 in the tiebreaker. The new rule was introduced to ensure matches don’t get too lengthy — previously the third set in women’s matches and the fifth set in men’s matches at the Australian Open had to be decided by a two-game advantage.Fifth-seeded Kevin Anderson won his first match at Melbourne Park since 2015 when he beat Adrian Mannarino 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1. Also advancing on the men’s side were No. 19 Nikoloz Basilashvili and No. 26 Fernando Verdasco.Defending champions Caroline Wozniacki and Roger Federer were scheduled to play night matches later Monday. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Rafale Nadal during the 2019 Australian Open. (AP Foto/Aaron Favila)MELBOURNE, Australia — Rafael Nadal has missed a lot of tennis since last September. He hasn’t missed a beat.The No. 2-seeded Nadal had a 6-4, 6-3, 7-5 win over Australian wild-card entry James Duckworth on Monday in the first round of the Australian Open, his first match back on Rod Laver Arena since he had to retire in his quarterfinal match last year.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Bill Murray to headline Royal Conservatory season gala

first_img Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Advertisement He’s the second Hollywood star to headline a gala, after Meryl Streep in 2015. His only other appearance with Vogler is scheduled for New York’s Carnegie Hall. Actor Bill Murray is headlining an event in Toronto in October, but it’s about classical music, not movies.The 66-year-old, beloved for films like Caddyshack, Ghostbusters and The Grand Budapest Hotel, is to perform with his friend, cellist Jan Vogler, at the Royal Conservatory of Music’s 2017-18 Season Gala, Oct. 13 at Koerner Hall.The conservatory says Murray “will read Mark Twain and dance a tango while Vogler plays works from Bach, Piazzolla, Ravel and Bernstein.” Login/Register With:last_img

Rep Bellino applauds Fords Flat Rock Assembly Plant investment

first_img Categories: Bellino News Recently, Ford Motor Company announced its plans to expand production at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant, which will add 900 jobs and investing $900 million at the location.State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe commended the investment and expressed his optimism for the community following the announcement.“The past few months for auto workers in our community have been tough, but Ford’s most recent announcement has created some much-needed optimism,” Rep. Bellino said. “In adding 900 jobs and investing hundreds of millions of dollars in Flat Rock, Ford has doubled-down on their commitment to be a partner with our community. We are also excited to see the technology advancements planned as part of an effort to produce the company’s next-generation electric vehicles.” 20Mar Rep. Bellino applauds Ford’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant investmentlast_img read more