Join us at #EagleRockElem Math Festival | Learn about math applications | Thu 3/12 (6:30p-8:00p)
What is a Math Festival?
A Math Festival is a special event that demonstrates to students how important Mathematics is, and that it's not something to fear but a subject that EVERYONE can enjoy, marvel at, and be successful. A Math Festival is made up of 12 to 18 "math stations" where students of all abilities and grades, K–8, can actively participate in different hands-on mathematics activities and practice their math skills at the same time. Each Math Festival station is hands-on; there's everything from blocks and beans to laptop computers that students use in solving problems. Each Math Festival station is different, and each touches upon a different key mathematics concept. For example, students make function patterns out of cubes at one station, while at another they solve simultaneous equations with beans in the Algebra Math Festival.
Students working with a partner choose a station to visit and work at that activity as long as they wish, working harder and harder problems. When they are ready, they move to another station and do a completely different activity. Each station has challenging tasks of different levels of difficulty, some very easy for young primary students, and some hard enough to challenge adults!
The students walk away from their time at the Math Festival thinking that math is fun, interesting, AND that they CAN DO IT. Their teachers can build on that enthusiasm by using the Math Festival Curriculum activities with students after the Festival in their own classrooms. A Math Festival does an excellent job of getting students excited about this very important subject, and helps them see the value of mathematics in their lives.