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21st Century Workforce Development Gets a Boost at MathFest

21st Century Workforce Development Gets a Boost at MathFest

Credit: Explorations in Math

by Stephanie Cherrington, Executive Director, Explorations in Math

KING5.com

Posted on November 1, 2010 at 12:11 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 11:29 PM

What do you get when you combine nearly 1,000 elementary-age students, parents, teachers, community members and interactive math games in a fun carnival-like setting?

It’s the 5th annual MathFest hosted by Explorations in Math, taking place on Thursday, November 4 from 5:00 - 8:00PM at the Rainier Community Center (4600 38th Ave. S) in Seattle.

It’s all part of Explorations in Math’s efforts to build a “Math Movement,” transform attitudes about math, and help kids build confidence in and enthusiasm for math.  We’ve all seen the headlines – America is falling behind and so are students in Washington State.

In the 21st century, every child will need math and problem-solving skills to be successful – yet too many kids are deciding too early to give up on math. We need to make success in math as natural and expected as the ability to read.

Explorations in Math focuses on elementary math because too many of our kids are falling behind in math. In fact, more than 40 percent of elementary school students today are failing at math, and every other 10th grader statewide is not meeting Washington math standards.

MathFest is free and the only event of its kind that provides hands-on opportunities to explore and celebrate math achievements in a festive setting.  Students can engage in more than 20 interactive math-oriented games such as “Shut the Box,” where they practice addition and “Frog Jump,” in which they measure the distance traveled by tiny plastic frogs, among many others. 

You can learn more about MathFest and Explorations in Math at: www.explorationsinmath.org
 

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