Recreational Mathematics

Dates: June 30 - July 3
Time: 9 am - 3 pm
Grades: Students entering 5th and 6th grades in the fall of 2014
Cost: $250 by the "Early Bird" deadline (April 17, 2014); $275 after April 17, 2014
Lunch: lunch included 
This course will focus on the power and enlightenment that can be found with a mathematical perspective. Starting with simple questions and games and slowly looking deeper and closer at hidden mathematical structures, students will learn to solve complex problems and develop new tools for mathematical inquiry.
The course will follow an investigative approach to quantative problems and give students a new look at the power of mathematics. Students will play mathematical games, look at geometric puzzles, find patterns in numbers and their relationships to geometry, investigate origami in art and math, take a trip to the Exploratorium, and discover the mathematics behind simple maps and coloring. If you like to solve problems and are excited about math, join us for a fun week of recreational mathematics. 
Instructor: David Bangor
David Bangor is a a math teacher, mathematician, designer, artist, and self made cartographer and cyclist. He has a BS in Applied Mathematics with and emphasis in Physics and a MA in Mathematics. In the last year of his masters program he was funded by the National Science Foundation to work with local high schools in the bay area and has been hooked on teaching ever since. David has been a math teacher in the bay area for the past four years, teaching 7th and 8th graders all the way to 12th graders. He has taught in a range of different middle school environments in the bay area.
Over the past two years, he has worked as an instructor in math at SHC and has found it to be a great working environment to continue to pursue the teaching and study of mathematics along with his passion for bicycle racing in the Northern California/Nevada district. He is very much looking forward to this summer, for the opportunity to teach new material, and to creating a fun environment to explore real world mathematical problems with young students. 

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