# Spencer Bowen

## Mind Reading with Bases

In Mind Reading with Math we showed how you could use binary to read someone’s mind.   For that activity, we used a set of cards representing the first four binary place values: 8, 4, 2, 1. Binary only has two digits: “1” or “0” (which could also be thought of as “yes” or “no”).  This …

## Folding Perfect Thirds Using math

This week’s activity comes from James Tanton of the Global Math Project and G’Day Math. He’s also demonstrated this activity and similar problems for the Math Teachers’ Circle Network. Facebook Twitter how to fold a tie into perfect thirds Imagine you’re packing for a trip, and you’re planning on bringing your favorite tie. It’s too …

## Four Activities from Math Monday

This week we’re highlighting a few activities previously demonstrated on Math Monday by Puzzle Master and Math Monday founder Scott Kim. You can also view these broadcasts and more on our Math Monday Youtube Playlist. Facebook Twitter Bongard Problems https://youtu.be/w5oprHOE0NU In this session, student learn about Bongard Problems — logic puzzles named for Russian computer scientist …

## Prejudiced Polygons

This week’s activity features a neighborhood populated by Squares and Triangles that are slightly “shapist” (but only slightly) and don’t seem to coexist too well.  We’ll be exploring “Parable of the Polygons” by Vi Hart and Nicky Case and giving some tips to get students started with this activity. Facebook Twitter Click here for the …

## Frog Jumping & Stack Up

This week’s activity is a great puzzle to work on with materials lying around the house, or using our online applet.  This problem was first inspired by MathPickle.com and their activity Jumping Frogs, with Stack Up developed by the Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival and the Math Teachers’ Circle Network. Facebook Twitter Jumping Frogs The main goal of this …

## Humans, Zombies, & Other Problems crossing the river

This activity takes a couple of classic logic puzzles and adapts them to better suit K-12 audiences. It was designed in the Desmos Activity Builder, so it can be played online and easily given to a classroom of students. The activity as presented was developed at the San Francisco Math Circle, and was recently featured on …

## Mind Reading with Math

Here’s a great activity to impress students, friends, and family and show off what you can do with a little bit of creativity and some clever mathematics. This activity as presented was developed at the San Francisco Math Circle. Facebook Twitter To start this activity you need four cards with numbers written out as so: For …

## Virtual Math Festivals

On Saturday, May 9, 2020, over 70 fifth through eighth grade students from Santa Cruz County participated in AIM’s first ever “Virtual Math Festival.” Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Screenshot of the virtual festival hall with tables of attendees As a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the festival was hosted entirely online, …

## Teacher Circle Online Workshop

MTC Network Virtual Summer Workshop This July, the Math Teachers’ Circle Network and AIM hosted a virtual workshop to offer free professional development and online experience to K-12 teachers throughout the nation.  Teachers participating in the “Acting Out Mathematics” Session with Dr. Hortensia Soto. Over 250 teachers participated in the workshop, attending from all around …

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