This workshop will focus both on utility and beauty of mathematics. Activities will involve computing the heights of trees and other tall objects, widths of fields, rivers, or lakes as well as the circumference of the Earth (preliminaries of trigonometry, using scale drawings and graph paper). Students will also investigate the Fibonacci numbers and other growth patterns in their many guises as they appear in nature. This workshop will expose students experientially to the ideas of trigonometry before its formal introduction in school mathematics thus helping them make a deeper sense of it later on. Students will learn about how Eratosthenes calculated the radius of the earth, about why bees like hexagons, and they will construct their own clinometers to measure the heights of buildings.
Math with Art camp is from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, and Math with Nature camp is from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. For students who register for both morning and afternoon sessions, the 1 hour lunch period is supervised and includes math games. Students must bring their own lunch. Students who enroll in both morning and afternoon sessions get a discount on the second session.
Location and dates:
- UBC: Tuesday August 8 - Friday August 11
Students entering grades 5 to 9
|Tuition for 4 day camp
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