Monday, December 28, 2015

NNV Math Club Preparing For Winter Math Camp

Song:  Hymn To Hope

Group:  Secret Garden

The NNV Math Club is putting on a week long (40 hour) Winter Math Camp
for elementary and middle school children next week.

These members (along with some others)...
are going to be the instructors.

They had gathered here to solidify their lesson plans.

Alex had already completed one of his hour long lectures...
and he will be completing his other two lesson plans this week.

Alex will be giving three, one hour long, lectures on Algebra:

1)  Basic Algebraic Equations... and how to solve them.

2)  Factorials (Number Theory)... and solving Algebraic equations with them.

3)  Exponents... and solving Algebraic equations with them.

Alex will also be helping the children by tutoring them
and by teaching them real life applications of Algebra.

He will also be helping to run a MathCounts type contest...
along with overseeing many games designed to keep the children mentally engaged.

One of the Math Club's members couldn't physically be there...
so, one of the other members had him there online.

Everyone was busy working on the Math Camp's schedule...
and on their lesson plans.

As the math camp is for elementary and middle school students...
the main emphasis is to not make the lessons too advanced in theory 
so as to not unnecessarily complicate their lectures...
for fear of confusing the children.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Alex Enjoys The Neighborhood Christmas Lights - II

Ahchan's 2015 Winter Solstice Posters

This is a continuation of my neighborhood's Christmas lights.

We then drove a few minutes to my mother's properties' neighborhood.

Alex and I then went out to one our favorite restaurants...
Naan and Kabab...
for a Christmas Eve dinner.

We got our old favorites to eat...
and we then went home to hang and light up the posters
of Alex's Mathematically themed Winter Solstice.

This was across from the restaurant as we were going home.

The above and below homes are directly across the street from our home.

We then set to work on hanging and lighting up Alex's posters.

As Winter storms have been rolling through Reno...
I had to protect the posters by hanging them off the window of our front porch.

The NNV Math Club Winter Camp will be in a couple of days.

I will be posting Alex's lecture notes soon.

Alex Enjoys The Neighborhood Christmas Lights - I

Song:  Nocturne

Artists:  Secret Garden

It was Christmas Eve and I took Alex with me to pick up my mother 
so she could enjoy the Christmas lights.

When we arrived...
my mother was in her warm robe and she was watching Japanese variety shows on Japan TV.

She said she was enjoying the shows too much to go out...
plus...she doesn't like the cold  :)

It was still snowing and the temperature where we live was about 20 degrees F...
without the wind chill factor.

There were intermittent gusts of winds.

We were just going to drive around...
but...I would have my window open... would be chilly in the car  :)

Alex and I just drove around my mother's neighborhood first.

There were many cars parked outside many of the houses.

They were having many family members and friends over for Christmas Eve.

We left my mother's neighborhood...
and then went through ours
(just a couple minutes down the road :)

This was a really busy display on two yards.

In the next article...
I will continue the neighborhood Christmas light photos...
and I will show Alex's posters under black light.

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