Math Warriors, a web based drama series, is being used by some teachers to take the mystery out of math.
Creator and college professor Kristina Harris says each episode is concise enough to be used as a warm-up activity, she notes. “I think [oftentimes], people feel discouraged or overwhelmed by math and science, and if we can kind of dispel the myth that it’s something that is unattainable or make it somehow more popular or accessible then that’s something I’d like to be able to do,” she said.
“Math Warriors” is a locally produced dramatic web series whose third season launches Monday.
Its creator, Kristina Harris — she has a Ph.D. in microbial biochemistry and has taught at both New York and Columbia Universities — thinks of the series as “The Big Bang” meets “The Office,” if on a much tighter budget.
There are clashing egos, a conventional Asian nerd and a platinum blonde, furiously scribbled formulas and, of course, a quest to conquer the mathematical universe.
Harris says a growing number of public school teachers have been using the series to de-mystify math for their students. The short length of each episode, she says, makes it a good ice-breaker at the beginning of a class.
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