Sunday, September 23, 2012
Once A Month Math Day Camp
Artist: George Winston
Alex's Math Competition teacher has organized a once a month special "Day Camp".
It takes place at the school and on a Saturday.
The camp focuses on competition math problems
while interspersing the day with food and fun.
Today's "Day Camp" was a special half day.
It was the first "Day Camp" so it was just from 10 AM to 2 PM.
The others are going from 9 AM to 5 PM.
As we hadn't known the number of children in attendance for this first day...
we supplied extra bagels for their lunch
(other parents supplied other food items).
Alex in his school uniform.
We hadn't realized that this is a special informal math day.
In the future, he may just attend in his regular clothes.
Alex had fun at his Math Day Camp.
The teacher structured dedicated problem solving sessions with exercise and fun
between each session to keep their energy and interest levels up.
She wants to keep it fun for the children.
They are also preparing for a MathCounts Reel Math Challenge.
The children are to make a video with a math theme and enter it into
a contest. One of the other parents is going to be in charge of the project.
The winner of last year's competition was well done.
It had shown some children faced with a dilemma which was...
of course...solved through the use of math
(the film demonstrated the problem to solve and how it was solved).
It is a national contest.
It will be interesting to see what they come up with.
Alex's school has afforded him great opportunities.
He loves his twice a week after school AMC 10 course.
Alex was allowed to attend this after school math club because the instructor
was the same instructor at Alex's week long Math Camp at Lake Tahoe.
They worked on the AMC 10 problems there
and Alex did well on them...
so he knows Alex's capabilities.
As Alex is just in the beginning stages of his Math competitions...
and he has plenty of time to learn more...
we foresee a great time for him in the future.
He loves taking tests and doing competitions.
He likes getting on stage to perform.
Alex is so brave in these type of situations.
Alex is a true Tiger.
He takes on challenges and works towards his goals.
Although I have much to teach him about life...
he is well on his way to being a much better person than I have ever been...
in all respects.
This is the duty of every parent...
to improve the next generation.
So long as Alex can always view beyond the horizon...
he will be able to find new happiness...
in either adapting to his surroundings...
changing the situation to adapt to him...
or in changing his surroundings...
so he may never have to suffer
the mind numbing effects of stagnation.
To have Alex reach his true potential...
to have him thoroughly love life...
this is my dream to see to fruition...
one Alex moment at a time.
I will have a message to young couples in my next article
(some may assume me being rather arrogant to put forth such an article.
All I can say is that if you truly knew me...you would not assume such a thing....
you would thoroughly know it :)