Math Club Activities

 Activities are based on providing an age-appropriate introduction to the most interesting mathematical ideas and how math concepts apply in our daily lives. Liking or being proficient at math is not required or even necessary. We will use stories, examples, games, puzzles, videos, and hands-on activities to explore famous unsolved math problems, number patterns in nature, prime numbers, topology, irrational and transcendental numbers, infinity, probability, the stock market, chess-playing computers, game theory, behavioral economics, and fractals. We've introduced kids to famous women mathematicians, Lego robotics, coding, public-key cryptography, and artificial intelligence. We have great videos on black holes, time travel, Archimedes, the history of math, and the new animated videos Flatland and Sphereland, which explore spatial dimensions. For the returning kids in Group #2, we will watch parts of the fabulous NOVA programs "The Elegant Universe" and "The Fabric of the Cosmos", which explain the main concepts of 21st century physics using beautiful graphics and attention-getting narration. I have also recently acquired some DVDs which will introduce the kids to what calculus is all about.

Parents are welcome to attend any session; no need to let me know in advance. If any parents would like to tell the kids how they use math in their daily lives, please contact me so we can schedule a time. In past years, the kids have heard from a police officer, scientist, financial analyst, software engineer, and a risk manager.

There is no homework, but there may be handouts for some of the sessions which contain additional material if the kids want to learn more. Kids will also learn about the expanded collection of various math-oriented books in the TL library.

I will not be taking attendance, monitoring which kids come to which session, or verifying transportation arrangements. No sign up is necessary to participate. If you have any questions, please email me at mlzaff@sbcglobal.net or call me on my cell at 650-743-7653.