Mathematics

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A socially awkward math prodigy finds confidence when he earns a spot on the British team at the International Mathematics Olympiad.

A young working-class genius is hauled back from the brink of self-destruction by a gifted counselor.

The true story of a troubled Princeton mathematician who is able to overcome years of suffering from schizophrenia to win the Nobel Prize.

Based on the life of Jaime Escalante at Garfield High School, an East Los Angeles math teacher inspires his eighteen students to excel at the subject and do well on the National Advanced Placement Calculus Exam.

STEM Books for Young Readers

The Cook Prize honors the best STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) picture books published for children each year. Check out the winner or one of the honor books today. 

Winner

Galapagos George by Jean Craighead George ; paintings by Wendell Minor

Honor Books

Behold the beautiful dung beetle by Cheryl Bardoe ; illustrated by Alan Marks

Mr. Ferris and his wheel by written by Kathryn Gibbs Davis ; illustrated by Gilbert Ford

Canton TargetTesting ACT Test Prep

CantonTargetTesting, an ACT preparation nonprofit founded by high school students, is offering free ACT preparation to students.  This class is designed to raise students’ scores in the least amount of time by focusing on weaknesses, working on the application of knowledge to the ACT, and learning only the essential content.  TargetTesting further increases preparation efficiency by individualizing lessons.

The instructors are experienced on the subject of standardized testing and have all earned scores of 35 or above on the ACT. They have also spent time substituting for and observing lessons of previous TargetTesting sessions.  The experiences they have gained working with students in this capacity have prepared them to teach the class.

Making, Tinkering, and Coding for Kids

Cool circuits by Susan Martineau and Nick Bushell ; illustrations by Martin Ursell

Repurpose it: invent new uses for old stuff by Tammy Enz ; [Christopher L. Harbo, editor]

STEAM Sites

STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics.  Check out the sites below to explore these fascinating subjects.  There are interesting facts to discover and fun games to try out.  General grade-range recommendations are provided for each site, but you may find useful info and entertaining activities on sites outside of your grade level as well.

General STEAM sites

Career Aisle Elementary and Middle School: Science, Technology, Engineering & Math
(Elementary & Junior High) Want to get a job some day in a STEM field?  Explore career opportunities here.

Fraboom
(Elementary) Explore a virtual museum with games, shows, and live interactions. 

Girls in STEM
(Upper Elementary - Junior High) Explore this guide (primarily for middle school girls but useful to others) that includes STEM sites, books, and organizations.

Wonderopolis
(Elementary - High School) Engage your curiosity and imagination about STEM and other subjects through a variety of media.

Starfish Family Services: Math Learning in the Home

On Thursday, September 11 from 6:30-8:30 PM, the highly trained staff from Starfish Family Services will present Math Learning in the Home. Participants will learn the importance of math in the preschool years, as well as materials to use from home to support learning. Bring your children to this program as free daycare is provided by Starfish's daycare professionals.

Advanced Sudoku Workshop

Dave Pandit is back to show us some advanced Sudoku techniques. You can take the most difficult Sudoku puzzles and solve them with ease to the delight of your family and friends. The author of Sudoku Puzzles Guru, Mr. Pandit will show us some unique puzzles and solving techniques. Please join us on October 15 at 7:00 PM for puzzle-solving challenges and fun. Mr. Pandit's book will be available for purchase at this program.

Sudoku Basics Workshop

Divyang (Dave) Pandit used to find Sudoku puzzles difficult, even though he was a General Motors engineer. That is until his mother showed him the connection between sudoku and east Indian dance. His mom, without the ability to speak English and with only a seventh-grade education, could easily solve the Sudoku puzzles. Mr. Pandit, author of Sudoku Puzzles Guru, will share the secrets for keeping your mind sharp and solving the puzzles using his mother's teachings. Please join us for a fun, informative evening on October 8 at 7:00 PM.

Time was, Time is… February 2012

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