Over 150 students and parents attended an elementary school family math fair, and the whole experience was much more fun than anyone expected.
At Davisburg Elementary school, the participants were treated to pizza and a variety of math focused games and activities. Some of the children thought it wouldn’t be fun but they were surprised.
“I thought it would be scrambled, and I thought the games wouldn’t be fun,” said 7 year old Cohl Beaudin. “But it was awesome.”
Some of the games and activities included estimation jars, building geometric shapes with marshmallows and toothpicsk, and life sized Jenga
According to principal Kinmberly Hempton, there were two goals for the math fair: community engagement and to let the community know what and how students are learning in school.
“We’re not only very interested in incorporating community outreach, the family math fair is situated within making connections between kids’ lives outside of school and math,” said Hempton. “The homework of the 20th century learner is different than when (his or her) parents went to school. As those things change in classrooms, they also change the way students talk about their learning.
“This event is in part to make sure that families are in tune with what some of those changes are.”